Posted: Jun 27, 2013 9:52 PM by Jill Valley - MTN News
Updated: Jun 28, 2013 11:26 AM
MISSOULA - A quick thinking nurse helped save the life of a little girl who nearly drowned at Splash Montana in Missoula.
The incident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday when witnesses saw a two-year old girl being pulled from the deeper end of the zero-entry poll at Splash Montana.
The water is about 3½ feet deep where the little girl was when she was pulled out of the water, and one witness told us it was a 14-year-old boy who pulled the little girl from the bottom of the pool.
She wasn't breathing when she was taken from the water, but a Community Medical Center nurse, who also used to be a life guard st Splash Montana, turned into a hero. She was told a child was in trouble, jumped into action and may have saved that little girl's life.
"My daughter Sydney told me a little girl had drowned so I looked over and saw her at the side of the pool and I asked what I could do. I started giving her rescue breaths and performed CPR until the paramedics got there. It was a close call it was very crowded today, really scary," Rena Denning recalled.
Police are conducting interviews from people who may have seen what happened as they are trying to determine how the child got into trouble, if she slipped or hit her head or just ended up in a part of the pool she wasn't ready for.
Authorities are also asking for videos if anyone happened to be taking some at the time. The pool was very crowded today on this first hot day in a long time.
Missoula police say part of the investigation will be checking into the facility's capacity and staffing on Thursday.
Splash Montana personnel got everyone out of the zero entry pool while police checked over the scene.
Rena told us the girl was gasping for air but not breathing normally at the time when the left and was taken to the hospital.
The child is currently expected to live.