6-year-old nearly drowns in South St. Louis pool

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 6-year-old girl was breathing with the help of life support after she was pulled from Marquette Pool in south St. Louis, according to first responders.   Lifeguards started CPR and first responders shocked her heart.  She was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but was not stable.

“The guardians who were with the child are shaken up,” said Lt. Kenneth Lammert, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

It’s not yet clear how the girl went underwater.  The pool is located in Alderman Cara Spencer’s ward.  She was called to the pool by neighbors.  Spencer said there will be a review to determine whether any changes need to be made.  She said a park ranger called 911, and offered praise to a young girl who helped pull the 6-year-old water.

“Right now everyone is shaken up,” said Spencer.  “We’re going to look at that in the next few days.”

She said the pool is the largest free public pool in the City of St. Louis.  She said the area has a high population of children, and believes the pool is an important community asset.