Emergency Crews Responded to Medical Incident at Arcata Community Pool Friday

This afternoon a swimmer at the Arcata Community pool experienced a serious health issue. Staff and emergency personnel responded. Some patrons believed they had witnessed a drowning. In order to dispel misconceptions, Lawre Maple, the manager of the pool, released the following statement.

Earlier today a medical emergency occurred with a swimmer at the Arcata Community Pool.  Appropriate rescue procedures were initiated and EMS was called to assist.   It should be emphasized that this was a medical emergency and not a drowning.

The patient was successfully transported to Mad River Hospital by EMS.

I would like to note that we have never had a ‘drowning’ at the Arcata Community Pool. We take the safety and well being of our patrons seriously. I would like to commend our pool lifeguard team  and local EMS for a job well done.

Jenny Williamson of the Arcata Fire District said that her agency responded with a Battalion Chief and an engine.  Arcara-Mad River Ambulance also responded.


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