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Near-Drowning At Greenwich Club; 2 Year Old Revived On Scene

Two doctors who happen to belong to the club are credited with resuscitating the boy.


A 2-year-old boy was pulled from the water of one of the pools at the Greenwich Club Friday after his mother saw him floating face down, according to the police. He was revived due to quick action by two doctors who happen to be members who were on the scene.

The mother pulled the child, who appeared lifeless, out of the water, aided by two lifeguards. The doctors administered rescue breaths and performed CPR on the child, according to police. After approximately two minutes, the toddler took two gasping breaths.

"Last seen, he was alert and crying in his mom's arms," said Club Manager Paul Donnelly. The boy was taken by rescue to Hasbro Children's Hosptial. There is no official word on his condition.

It's unclear how the boy ended up in the pool, known as the middle pool. It is an intermediate pool that is 3 feet deep. According to the boy's aunt, he usually wears a bubble when he's in the pool and he did not have the bubble on when he was found.

The boy's great aunt, who was there at the time of the accident, said she heard her neice, the mother, call out and saw her jump into the pool.

"She jumped in and he's floating in the water," the woman said. But he was revived quickly, she said. "He was pink, his pupils were good."

"We were at the right place at the right time," said the boy's grandfather, noting with gratitude that two doctors just happened to be there.

Two hours after the incident, nerves were still on edge. "Everyone's rattled," said Donnelly. Off-duty lifeguards had arrived to take over for the two lifeguards who were involved in the rescue.

According to a press release issued by police, the two doctors were identified as Victor Pinkes and Jeannine Connolly.

Donnelly praised them and EG police and fire, which he said, arrived "within a minute and a half or two."

He said he did not know of any previous drowning incidents at the pool.

Nancy July 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
i can say thathaving been a member of that pool club that that particular middle pool is not watched exclusively at all. I always said that it is an accident waiting to happen. Luckily others at the pool are watching and helping. I believe a lifegaurd should be watching the middlde pool AND the baby pool at ALL times. Someone should be only assigned to those pools as well as others being assigned to the big pool.
lillibridgeresident July 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM
The doctors came right over and did CPR, they were AMAZING, HEROES !
themaz July 28, 2012 at 04:51 AM
whoever was watching that poor little kid shouldn't be allowed that privilege again. lifeguards aren't babysitters!
EG Lurker July 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Glad the boy is o.k., but if you have a two year old, you really need to keep your eye on your kid at all times around a pool. Most parents at the GC watch their little ones like hawks, but if a kid is prone to stray (and can't swim), then they should be wearing a floatation bathing suit. Not really sure that we need a dedicated lifeguard in the splash pool...I think the GC does exactly what it needs to do in terms of safeguarding its members - there IS a level of parental responsibility that we all bear.
kkab July 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
the lifeguards do NOT watch the middle pool at all. i hope they learned something from this incident.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I was just at the club (yes, I'm a member). They had a lifeguard at the middle pool.
MDS July 29, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thank goodness there was a positive outcome to this horrible accident. The fact of the matter is that a small child can drown within 2 minutes, so even in the best of circumstances, accidents can happen. We are very attentive parents and we watched our own child nearly drown in front of us years ago. Our heart goes out to this family and to all who were involved in his rescue.
CMK August 01, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The lifeguards were NOT watching the pool and they did NOT get into the water to save that little boy. It was the mother who was in the pool and then shouted for help. Before you cast stones at who should be blamed, remember that the club is responsible for all it's members, both big and small, so lifeguards as well as parents should be watching everyone!
CMK August 01, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Agree! I hear they just moved one of the stands to watch the middle pool but it took a near death before they got their acts together. I also know for a fact that people have been discussing this matter for a LONG time and it's been brushed under the rug. Can't wait to see what happens!
ktuze22 August 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I am a member of the Greenwich Club whose children grew up there and are now young adults. I feel that parents do not watch their children that well. I have seen many near accidents where a life guard is trying to help a child and a parent is nowhere to be found and just socialize somewhere else. Yes lifeguards are there but it is the parents responsible to watch their child, especially if you have 4 children under 5 years old. Just last week 2 younger boys where in the deep end of the pool hanging and the lifeguard got down at their level trying to explain to them for at least 7 minutes that they should not be over there. Because they could not swim and supposely to be in that area you have to take a swim test. These boys would not listen to the guard and the mother was on the other side with her back to the pool. Finally she must have been total by someone that the guard was talking to the boys because then she came over. Also as the prev post the club does not have total responsiblity for the members. It is everyone's watch. Plus that middle pool a parent should always be on watch. Because at sometimes there are a hundred of people in the pool and you always can not see everything. And let us not talk about people that try to bring infants into the pool by holding them!
Patti Estrella August 06, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Children move fast, that's a known fact. Accidents also happen, and that's a known fact. I wish people wouldn't be so quick to assume blame, things happen. The good news is that he is ok, thanks to his Mothers quick actions and the help of two wonderful doctors who were at the scene.Huggs to her and her entire family, a second chance has been granted by a much higher power than we have. Who are we to judge anyone?
Patti Estrella August 06, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Seems to me you are one of those people who judge everyone around you, regardless of knowing the whole story! What you wrote was uncalled for, I am sure there were some accidents when your kids were young! His mother jumped in and saved his life, I think she deserves a lot of credit here, not blame. The emotional trauma she is going through due to this incident is unbelievable. His parents are extremely responsible adults, I happen to know this first hand. I thank God she is as on top of situations as she is.
Karen August 11, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Accidents may happen but, Never take your eyes off your two year old!

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