SPENCER, Iowa | Police are crediting a patron at the Spencer Family Aquatic Center with saving a 6-year-old who nearly drowned Wednesday afternoon.
The boy was submerged in water when someone nearby noticed him below the surface, said Spencer police Chief Mark Lawson. A lifeguard and bystander performed CPR on the boy, who did not have a pulse.
"It's just an extremely unfortunate sequence of events where this 6-year-old got in water that was over his head," he said.
He was flown by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital and was in intensive care Thursday morning, police said.
Officials would not release the names of the boy or people involved in the rescue. They also wouldn’t disclose where the boy was taken.
No one answered the phone Thursday afternoon at the pool. A voicemail recording said the facility was closed.
-- Molly Montag