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Pasco WA Memorial Park swimming pool reopens after near drowning

Pasco Memorial Water Park is located at Memorial Park.

Herald of Tri-City

Pasco, Washington

The pool at Memorial Park in Pasco was scheduled to reopen to the public on Saturday, June 22, after being closed for a few days following the rescue of a teenager who nearly drowned.

City officials told the Herald Friday they could not discuss details of the “critical incident” that caused the pool to be closed to the public earlier this week.

But the Pasco Fire Department previously confirmed reports that a lifeguard rescued a teenager after the swimmer fell underwater Tuesday afternoon.

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There have been different accounts of what happened. A fire official said the rescuer was proactive, but several people on social media said bystanders had to yell at rescuers to get their attention to the struggling teen.

A lifeguard managed to get the teenager out of the pool. Other rescuers joined in to perform CPR and resuscitate the teen, who was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

The city's Friday news release promised that city staff members would conduct a “continued investigation and review” and that the state Department of Health would review city staff's response.

“Our response to this incident is guided by a relentless commitment to excellence and safety across all city departments,” city officials said. “We are committed to ensuring our facilities meet and exceed safety standards. »

City officials said they held an all-staff meeting to strengthen safety standards. They also provided support services to staff working at the pool.

“As we reopen Memorial Waterpark, we are optimistic about our ability to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our guests. We look forward to seeing our community members return to enjoy the recreational opportunities our facilities provide,” city officials said.

The pool at 1520 W. Shoshone St. opens at 1 p.m. and fees range from $4 to $5 for youth or $6 to $7 for adults, depending on which session you attend. There are also family rates.

Cameron Probert covers news for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers' questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.

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