ST. GEORGE – A man in his 70s was in critical condition Thursday night after a near-drowning incident at Gold’s Gym in St. George Thursday afternoon.
At approximately 3:15 p.m., the St. George Communications Center received a report of a possible drowning at the gym, located at 484 N. Mall Drive in St. George. Two St. George Police officers were the first to respond to the scene and began CPR on the man, whose name has not been released.
When the officers arrived, the man had been facedown in the gym’s exercise pool for an unknown amount of time and had no pulse and was not breathing, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said.
“After quite a bit of time – I can’t tell you exact amount of time – near 15-20 minutes of CPR – that male actually started to get a pulse, which is pretty uncommon,” Williams said.
For someone to be revived after such an extended period of time with no pulse and no respiration is very rare, Williams said.
“When CPR goes for that long, in my experience, (resuscitations) are few and far between,” he said.
It is not known at this time whether the man was swimming in the gym’s exercise pool at the time of the incident or if something else occurred.
The man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George and was in critical condition as of late Thursday night. The St. George Police Department has classified the incident as a drowning.
“I think a lot of people associate (drowning) with fatality,” Williams said. “You can drown and live.”
Gold Cross Ambulance and the St. George Fire Department additionally responded to the scene. Williams said the harmony and teamwork of all responders on this incident was impressive, and they were able to work seamlessly to revive, stabilize and transport the man.
“Medics on scene said it was CPR that brought him around – good CPR by the first responders,” Williams said.
Once a responder begins CPR, it is not handed off when medical personnel arrive, he added; the first responder continues administering CPR to the victim without ceasing.
“The calm of everybody involved is quite amazing when all is said and done,” Williams said.
The manager on duty at Gold’s Gym Thursday night said he was not able to comment on the incident due to client privacy policies.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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