May 29, 2018 02:22 PM
Police in the south metro are investigating a possible drowning.
According to the Eagan Police Department, a 5-year-old boy was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after the incident Tuesday morning, which occurred near the 3200 block of Coachman Road.
His condition remains unknown.
Police spokesperson Aaron Machtemes said officers responded to a report of a potential child that had drowned in the swimming pool of an apartment complex.
According to a release from the city, nearby construction workers were alerted to the drowning when they heard the boy's sister. The two men called 911 and performed CPR.
Authorities believe the boy and his sister were at home in a nearby apartment with their mother. Investigators believe the two left the unit and walked to the pool.
They do not know how long the boy was in the water. He was found unconscious.
Within hours, the pool was drained, covered and locked up.
Aaron Olauson, a resident of the apartment complex, saw people attempting to come to the rescue.
"I heard someone screaming for help ... and I looked out the window and saw someone struggling," he said. "Fighting to get in the pool area. He was trying to flag down traffic. Eventually one of the construction workers across the street came over and the guy who called for him dragged a table over, jumped over the fence, jumped into the pool, pulled the child out and the other fellow called 911.
"After just two or three minutes, I heard the sirens."
Olauson said there are no lifeguards at the pool.
“It’s not unheard of for people to jump the fence over there and have a dip in our pool,” he said.
According to police, the pool gate was locked when the boy went into the pool. Officers said it’s unclear how he gained access to it but it’s possible he climbed over the fence.
Police returned Tuesday afternoon, checking the fence and measuring any weak spots.
KSTP reached out to the management at Foxridge Estates but has not heard back.
Updated: May 29, 2018 02:22 PM
Created: May 22, 2018 11:01 AM
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