Boy, 6, drowns at North Hills

Staff WriterJune 12, 2009 

— Four lifeguards were on duty when a 6-year-old boy who later died was found lying in the pool at the North Hills Club, a club board member said Thursday.

Robert Jones, the board member, said the boy came to the club Wednesday with his aunt and uncle, who are members. His parents were not at the pool. Jones declined to give the name of the boy, his aunt and uncle or his parents.

A club member discovered the boy about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in an area that was about 4feet deep and brought him to the surface, where lifeguards immediately performed lifesaving measures. The recording of the 911 call confirms that several lifeguards and technicians trained in CPR attempted to resuscitate the boy but doesn't shed light on how he entered the pool. Emergency medical technicians were able to generate a pulse. The boy was rushed to WakeMed, where he died.

Brent Welch, president of N.C. Pool Management Inc., the company that employs the lifeguards, said all four lifeguards attended counseling sessions Thursday and will do so again today.

Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, did not know whether the boy's parents had been notified.

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