Student revived after swimming pool incident


A MURWILLUMBAH teenager remains in a serious but stable condition after nearly drowning at the Murwillumbah swimming pool yesterday.

Julian Ygoa-McKeown had completed two laps at the Anglican school's annual swimming carnival when he suddenly became disoriented and seemed to lose consciousness about 9.30am (NSW).

Paramedics were called to the pool and found the 16-year-old in cardiac arrest.

"Paramedics gave him one shock with a defibrillator," a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.

"His blood pressure stabilised and a heartbeat was found but he was still unconscious.

"He was transferred to Murwillumbah District Hospital in a critical condition."

Teachers Andrew Coleby and Allison Sands jumped into the pool to retrieve Julian, who spent about 10 seconds vertically submerged. Lindisfarne principal Chris Duncan praised the teachers' quick thinking.

He also thanked a parent who assisted poolside with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation after Julian had been rescued.

Following treatment at Murwillumbah District Hospital Julian was transferred to The Tweed Hospital where he was sedated and sleeping comfortably by mid-morning, Mr Duncan said.

He said it was unclear at this stage exactly what had happened to Julian, but it may have been an epileptic fit, or even a reaction to a bee sting, or some kind of anxiety attack.

"I would like to express my great appreciation to those people involved in assisting Julian, including our staff," Mr Duncan said.



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