UPDATE (10:15 a.m., Tuesday): One of the two girls has returned home. The second girl remains in a Wichita hospital and is in critical condition.
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INDEPENDENCE — Two Independence girls — one age 7, the other age 8 – came precariously close to losing their lives by drowning in the indoor pool at the Ash Youth Center on Sunday afternoon.
Police chief Harry Smith said police and EMS departments were notified at 4:30 p.m., Sunday of a possible child drowning in the pool. Upon arriving at the center, police and EMS learned that there actually two drowning victims. The two girls were attending a birthday part at the center, Smith said.
The on-duty lifeguard spotted one of the victims, removed her from the pool and was performing CPR on the victim when police/EMS crews arrived. Smith said that once the lifeguard began resuscitating the girl, a parent spotted another victim in the bottom of the pool, jumped in to retrieve the girl and pulled her to the side of the pool, where CPR was performed.
Both victims were transported to Mercy Hospital in Independence and then transported to a Wichita medical center for further treatment. Smith said the two girls’ medical conditions were unknown.
The names of the two girls were were not divulged in a press release from the Independence Police Department.