Near drowning incident reported at park

NEW MANCHESTER — An area youth is out of the hospital after a near drowning incident Friday at the pool at Tomlinson Run State Park.

According to information released Monday by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, the county’s 911 Dispatch Center received calls at 5:48 p.m. Friday of a drowning at the swimming pool.

Sheriff Ralph Fletcher reported a 4-year-old male was reported unconscious and not breathing. Lifeguards Jacob McCoy, Hope Robinson and Olivia Arneault, along with residents Wendy Hunley and George Petties, pulled the child from the water and began CPR, Fletcher said, with the child resuming breathing when emergency personnel arrived.

“The community should feel much safer knowing there are trained professionals such as our lifeguards and the willingness of volunteers who step up to protect our children,” Fletcher said. “Lifeguards should definitely be considered as true first responders.”

The child was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, with Fletcher saying he had been released as of Monday morning and is doing well.

The New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, the Hancock County Ambulance Service and the Hancock County Sheriff Department responded to the scene, with a landing zone established at Oak Glen Middle School.

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