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9-year-old pulled near drowning victim to safety at city pool

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A 6-year-old girl is on life support after nearly drowning at a St. Louis public pool. Officials are reviewing the safety practices at the facility.

The pool is open today at Marquette park. Around 100 people were in the pool when the incident happened Tuesday.

The Parks and Recreation Department says there were at least nine life guards on duty at the time and the pool manager had a full view of the pool. The staff made sure when the 6-year-old entered the pool she was accompanied by an adult.

Witnesses say the the child must have wandered away from a family member. She was eventually discovered by another swimmer who pulled the girl out of the water and notified the life guards.

Lifeguards initially performed CPR on the scene. Firefighters said the victims did not have a pulse when they arrived. They were able to get her heart beating again with assistance when they delivered her to an area hospital .

The Parks Director Greg Hayes says it is still unclear if life guards could have seen the victim and how long she was underwater. The Director believes the staff was following proper procedures. Hayes says it only takes a few second for anyone to go under water.

The 6-year-old was in 3 feet of water at the time of the incident and is listed in critical condition.

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