RFPRA to investigate Northside Swim Center incident

Following a near-drowning incident that occurred on Monday afternoon at the Northside Swim Center Pool, Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority officials express immense concern and will be investigating the incident further.

“We are still gathering all the facts at this time,” said Interim Director Wendy Reid. “As a mother, I can’t imagine the fear the child and the family felt. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child, the family and everyone who was present.”

Program Coordinator Shawn Schumacher – who oversees the Northside Swim Center – said at the time of the incident, three lifeguards were on deck surveying the pool when they saw the unresponsive child on the surface. The child was immediately moved to land where lifeguards administered CPR. Lifeguards were still performing life-saving techniques by the time authorities arrived.

RFPRA’s top priority is the safety of its patrons. All RFPRA lifeguards are certified through the American Red Cross and undergo a standard interview process. RFPRA seeks to hire experienced lifeguards for the Northside Swim Center.

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