Girl transported to hospital after falling 7 feet off high-dive ladder

HURRICANE – A young girl was transported to the hospital Thursday after taking a 7- to 8-foot fall onto the concrete from a high-dive ladder at the Hurricane City Pool.

The girl was enjoying a day of fun in the sun with her family at the city pool, located at 750 N. 200 West in Hurricane, Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said, when around 1:15 p.m., the fun abruptly ended.

After mustering up the courage to attempt a jump off the high-dive, the girl began to climb up the ladder, Buell said. As she was approaching the top, the girl got scared and decided she wanted to come back down.

The girl’s fear became a reality as she turned and started to come down the ladder.

“(She) turned around to try to come down with her back to the stairs and slipped,” Buell said, “and her foot slipped off and her hand slipped off the hand rail, and she fell about 7 feet to the ground.”

The pool staff and life guards immediately attended to the girl as they waited for medical responders to arrive.

She was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George in stable condition, Buell said.

Although diving boards can certainly be entertaining, they also elevate safety risks. For obvious reasons, diving boards have led to many accidents in the past. As the summertime fun gets underway, it’s important to remember to take extra care to ensure play time at the pool doesn’t lead to tragedy.

READ MORE: Water safety: What you should know about children drowning

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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