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Victims of St. James pool ordeal given CPR

The victims of a St. James pool ordeal received CPR. A man died and his two sons are still fighting for their lives after a drowning incident at an apartment complex pool.

Watery ordeal

According to a witness, she heard hysterical crying before coming upon the trio unresponsive in a pool in the Courts of St. James.

The Winnipeg police stated that three people, a father and two sons were taken to a healthcare facility in critical condition after what they call ‘an accidental incident’.

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Learning the important life-saving skills including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help save a life.

Joanna Schaaf, a tenant of the apartment complex, stated that she was there at the time of the accident. She was on the balcony and this lady came running out from the pool and was screaming. She went downstairs and looked inside from the glass and saw the bodies. Schaaf ran down to security to call 911 before heading to the scene.

There were people that got to the scene and Schaaf told them to perform chest compressions because the victims were not breathing. She started chest compressions on the father.

Safety considerations

It is vital to wear life-jackets, learn how to swim and swimming with others to stay safe while in the water.

According to Christopher Love, Lifesaving Society, Water Smart Coordinator, everybody should learn how to swim, not just children. It is never too old to learn to swim.

If a lifeguard is not on duty, it is important to figure out the depth of the water before jumping in. It is recommended to assess the area first, if there is available safety equipment, depth profile or lifeguards present.

Enroll in a first aid course today

Learning the important life-saving skills including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help save a life. You can be prepared by enrolling in a first aid course today.

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