A Sulphur Springs boy pulled from the deep end of the swimming pool at Buford Park Tuesday remains in critical condition in a Dallas hospital.
Caleb Ryan Smith, age 6, the son of Jeremy Smith and Rochelle Scott, is on life support in Children’s Medical Center in Dallas while family and friends await word on his prognosis.
Caleb Smith was one of several children from His Kids Learning Center visiting the pool Tuesday afternoon. The children’s swimming skills were being evaluated by two lifeguards, and Caleb was believed to be one of the other children waiting to be tested at the time of the incident, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell.
At least three other lifeguards were on duty at the pool when a child’s scream led to the discovery of Caleb Smith underwater in the deep end.
Many people tried to reach Caleb before he was pulled from the water and lifeguards began administering CPR. An ambulance soon arrived and took Smith to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. Soon after, he was flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where he remained Thursday morning.
Sulphur Springs police and investigators were finishing up interviews today with lifeguards and others at the pool during the incident.
Meanwhile, the city swimming pool, a popular destination for local children looking to escape the heat of the Texas summer, has been closed while police try to find out what led to the tragic accident.
The city manager reiterated today that the pool will remain shut down until all questions are answered — no matter how long that takes.
“We’re going to determine what exactly happened,” Maxwell said.
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