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UPDATE: Teen who helped save 7-year-old from drowning recalls incident

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UPDATE: One of the teens who rushed to save a little boy from drowning in a community pool spoke with Channel 3. The incident happened at the Carver Youth and Family Development Center in Chattanooga on Sunday. 

The 7-year-old boy who nearly drowned is still listed in critical condition at the hospital.

16-year-old Jeffery Dews is the one who called 911 on Sunday. He's still shaken up about the situation.

He and a few friends were walking by the recreation center when they spotted someone at the bottom of the pool. They jumped right into action and called 911.

"This little boy. They jumped the gate and got in the pool and he at the pool. He at the bottom," Dews said on a 9-1-1 call.

Chattanooga police said the child and others broke into the pool at the Carver Youth and Development Center after hours on Sunday.

After spotting the 7-year-old in the pool, he and his friends climbed over the fence. Dews called 911 while another friend jumped in the pool, pulled the boy out of the water, and started performing CPR on him.

They continued CPR until first responders could arrive and take the boy to the hospital. They're thankful for the help.

"We were very fortunate to have some very alert, young kids walking by that were able to answer the call for help," Ofc. Mark Frazer with the Chattanooga Police Department said.

"I just call it doing a good deed, good citizenship. We're just not supposed to sit around and let it happen or wait for the police to come. Do what we can," Dews said.

Even though he didn't know the 7-year-old boy, Dews told Channel 3 he felt the need to do something. He's never been part of a rescue operation like this before.

"That's the first life I ever tried to save," Dews said.

He's hoping the little boy will pull through this as he remains in critical condition at the hospital.

"It's sad. He ain't nothing but 7. He gotta fight for his life again," Dews said.

A spokeswoman from Chattanooga's Family and Youth Development Centers said they're reminding kids of all of the pool rules. This includes the pool hours and why the centers have life guards on staff.


PREVIOUS STORY: A 7-year old boy is recovering in a local hospital after a near drowning at a Chattanooga city-owned pool Sunday night.

The Chattanooga Police Department said it happened after hours at the Carver Youth and Family Development Center.

Residents near the center say this isn't the first time kids have trespassed at the pool after hours and that something needs to be done to prevent another accident.

CPD said a 7-year-old boy nearly drowned after he and his friends broke into the pool at the CYFDC after hours on Sunday.

Three witnesses climbed the fence and pulled the boy out of the water. Neighbors rushed to the scene to see how they could help.

“When I seen the police and stuff and the ambulance, I just got nervous, I didn't know what to do. come to find out it was a little 7 year old kid that hurt me even worse,” Resident Paul Bell said.

CPD and the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to the scene and attempted to perform CPR before rushing the boy to a local hospital.

Nearby residents say during the summer kids in the area disregard the warning signs posted around the gated pool and find ways to get in.

"They don’t jump the fence they go through the fence,” Bell explained.

Residents claim a hole in a neighboring fence makes it easy for kids to get in after hours.

Channel 3 surveyed the area and there are no visible holes in the pool's fencing, but the city is waiting to comment on the pool's security and the case until police complete their investigation.

A recent Public Swimming Pool Inspection report conducted on June 8, 2016 shows there were no faults in the pool's fence. If there were, officials with Hamilton County said it would be a "Critical Violation" forcing the pool to close until the repairs were made. The Carver Youth and Family Development Center scored a 98/100.

The Carver Youth and Family Development Center released this statement Monday afternoon:

"Last night, the Department of Youth of Family Development was notified by police that a near drowning incident had taken place at our Carver YFD center, which was closed at that time. Our hearts go out to this young man, his family, and his friends and we ask the community to keep them in your prayers. At this time, the number one priority of YFD staff is to support the family in any way we can and we will continue to work closely with the police during this on-going investigation."

Meanwhile, residents are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children while playing outdoors.

Channel 3 spoke with the grandmother of the young boy. She tells us he's a fighter but is not doing well. The boy is listed in critical condition.


UPDATE:  Hamilton County 911 was contacted around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night, on reports of a possible drowning at the Carver Youth and Family Development Center.

Both the Chattanooga Fire Department and Chattanooga Police Department arrived, and attempted to get into the pool area.

Officials say 7-year-old boy was found injured and unresponsive at the scene.

Officers and EMS attempted to give CPR to the victim at the scene, but after several minutes, they chose to transport the victim to a local hospital. 

The boy is currently in critical condition.

The investigation is still ongoing in this case.

If you have any information about this incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525.


PREVIOUS STORY: A 7-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after a near drowning on Sunday.

Chattanooga Police told Channel 3 that multiple children climbed over a fence to the pool at the Carver YFD Center at 600 North Orchard Knob. When first responders arrived, they found a child unresponsive in the pool.

The 7-year-old was taken to the hospital. As of Sunday, he remains in critical condition.

Stay with Channel 3 as more information becomes available.

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