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Child almost drowns in YMCA swimming pool in Albert Lea

He was spotted unresponsive at the bottom of the pool.
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A boy almost drowned at a swimming pool in Albert Lea on Monday morning.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. at the YMCA on Main Street West, where the Family Y was holding a swim party for a youth group, Albert Lea Fire Department said.

A boy was then spotted unresponsive at the bottom of the pool, which was being monitored by 4 parent chaperones and a lifeguard.

One of the parents jumped into the pool and pulled the boy out, before two of the parents – trained medical professionals – started CPR.

After one round of CPR the boy thankfully regained consciousness.

The Albert Lea fire, police and Gold Cross Ambulance departments then arrived on the scene, along with the DNR.

The boy was treated and taken to the Mayo Clinic Health Systems Albert Lea for observation.

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