Charlotte Teen Dies In High Point Public Pool Drowning

Posted on Jun 23, 2010
A North Carolina teen drowned in a public swimming pool this month, making High Point, NC, officials examine their swimming pool policies and regulations.

According to the Greensboro News & Record, 17-year-old Anthony Hayes was seen by a High Point lifeguard at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. The lifeguard dove for the boy, called the EMS, and tried to revive the young man with CPR along with the help of the other four lifeguards on duty at the time of the accidental drowning.

Authorities were puzzled as to why a young man who couldn’t swim was found 13 feet down in water, and family members speculated that Hayes had struck his head on the diving board and become unconscious in the water. However, a Triad Medical Examiner at Wake Forest Univ. Baptist Medical Center found no evidence of head trauma during an autopsy and found the drowning to be accidental. In addition, witnesses who were at the pool on the day of the Winston-Salem swimming accident say that Hayes did not use the diving board that day.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene of the NC pool accident, they rushed Hayes to High Point Regional Hospital then transferred him to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, where he was pronounced dead.

Allen Oliver, Parks and Rec Director in High Point, said that everyone did their jobs on the day of the drowning accident, though many other wonder whether High Park pools should test those using the pool for swimming skills before letting them in the deep end area of the pool.

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