ST. GEORGE — A 7-year-old boy with autism is clinging to life Monday after he was discovered at the bottom of a motel swimming pool in St. George. The boy had been reported missing from his room at a different motel nearby.
At 7:31 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to a lost child call at the Coronada Inn and Suites located at 559 E. St. George Blvd., St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.
“The initial information was that a 7-year-old male who is nonverbal left the family’s hotel room,” Trombley said. “Officers were notified that he likes water, so they immediately began checking pools and splash pads near the area.”
At approximately 7:41 a.m., an officer found the boy at the bottom of the Sands Motel outdoor swimming pool, 581 E. St. George Blvd., less than 100 feet from his motel room. Trombley said it is unclear how the boy gained access to the pool, which is surrounded by a brick wall barrier with a chain link fence top.
“Officers on scene used the pool rescue rod to get him out of the pool and immediately began CPR,” Trombley said, adding that medical personnel arrived on scene at 7:43 a.m. and took over CPR.
The boy was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
“We have been notified that a pulse was established, and he‘s going to be transported for further treatment,” Trombley said. “Hopefully he wasn’t under for so long that the damage is irreversible – it’s hard to tell.”
As this report is published, Trombley said it was unknown how long the child had been missing from his motel room before he was reported missing to authorities.
While Trombley confirmed the boy and his family are residents of St. George, it was not immediately known if the family had been living at the motel or visiting the motel when the incident occurred.
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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