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Child nearly drowns at Otter Creek again

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A sign shows that Otter Creek Water Park is closed. (Aug. 10, 2011/FOX Carolina) A sign shows that Otter Creek Water Park is closed. (Aug. 10, 2011/FOX Carolina)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A child nearly drowned at a Taylors water park on Wednesday about three weeks after the same type of incident at the same park.

The incident happened about 1:15 p.m. at Otter Creek Water Park at 101 West Darby Road.

Deputies said they were called to the park about a 2-year-old girl was unconscious. They said that when officials arrived the girl was being attended to by park workers. They said the child was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital and was conscious at the time.

Fox Carolina spoke with two girls who say they found the 2-year-old unresponsive in the water. Emily Gossett and Abby Bergholm say they were playing near the girl when they noticed that no one was watching her.  "She was in the pool backwards with her head in the water and we thought she was playing at first because her hands were moving but then they just stopped," said Bergholm. The girls say after they saw that the girl wasn't breathing and her lips were turning blue.  A nearby adult said she got the girl and took her to the lifeguard, who  quickly started CPR on the girl and revived her.

Mike Teachey with the Greenville Recreation District told Fox Carolina that the girl was at the park with her nanny.  Teachey says the nanny left the child alone to get her a flotation device. Teachey says 16 lifeguards were on duty when the accident happened. "They are looking at the big picture, constantly scanning the pool but you can imagine there are kids holding their breath and going under and trying to float like kids do. They are not expected to essentially baby sit everyone's kids and I can't stress that enough," said Teachey of the lifeguards.


On July 25, a 3-year-old boy was also pulled from the water at the park and saved by lifeguards who performed CPR on him.

A man who was at the park at the time said he thinks the boy had been underwater for eight to ten minutes before he was rescued.

After that incident the Greenville Recreation District said it was considering making some swimmers were life vests at the park. Officials did not comment today on wether or not they were moving forward with that plan.

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