Child Injured at Oceana Pool

UPDATE 6/29/19 8:21 – The four-year-old child that fell off the high dive ladder is out of surgery. Doctors had to remove a blood clot and stop active bleeding, but will move him into recovery within the next hour.

Officials want to specifically thank the following for their help and quick thinking during the emergency:

  • Tre Colucci, Gilliland Park Pool Lifeguard
  • Jennifer Cook, Pool Manager
  • Shannon Cozort, Jan-Care and Air Evac Lifeteam 85 Paramedic
  • N. Lawrence, EMT
  • D. McKinney, EMT
  • T. McCracken, EMT

WYOMING COUNTY, W.Va. (WOAY) – A child slipped and fell when trying to climb the ladder to a high dive earlier this afternoon.

The pool says emergency services responded immediately after receiving the 911 call at 12:31 p.m.

WOAY is following this story and will update it when more information becomes available.

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