Lifeguards removed an unresponsive man from the waters of a San Ramon Pool Friday afternoon.
Summer is underway, and residents of the San Ramon Valley are fighting the recent hot weather by spending time in the pool. However, for the pool-goers at the San Ramon Olympic Pool, their Friday afternoon swim turned into a crisis situation.
Just before 12:30 p.m. Friday, lifeguards noticed an unresponsive 55-year-old man in the water. With the help of bystanders, lifeguards immediately pulled the man from the pool, located adjacent to the California High School campus.
At 12:29 p.m., firefighters from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District were dispatched to the scene. While help was enroute, lifeguards determined that the victim was unresponsive. Being guided via telephone by a 911 dispatcher, lifeguards began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the victim.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) was also used to administer an electrical shock across the victim’s body. AEDs are a portable electronic device capable of diagnosing the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. As demonstrated in Friday’s incident, the AEDs are also capable of delivering electrical therapy to re-establish normal heart rhythm. (Wiki)
Minutes after the man received the AED shock, firefighters arrived and rushed him to San Ramon Regional Medical Center. According to fire department officials, the status of the man remains unknown because of privacy concerns. San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Paige Meyer says that it appears the man had a medical emergency while in the pool. It did not appear that the incident was related to drowning.
The incident comes just weeks after a San Ramon High School senior was seriously injured in a pool accident in Danville.
For readers interested in learning about pool safety this summer, the American Red Cross has many helpful tips on their website.