Two near-drownings in one week at quiet Citronelle Lake

CITRONELLE, Ala. (WALA) – Citronelle Fire Rescue officials confirm that two young children under the age of six nearly drowned at Citronelle Lake at the Municipal Park on separate occasions.

According to John Simison, Chief of the Citronelle Fire Department, a five-year-old girl was pulled from the lake on Monday, July 28 and Saturday, August 2, a two-year-old boy was pulled from the very same swimming spot.

Both children were taken to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Officials are not sure of their condition at this time.

Officials told FOX10 in both incidents, the bystanders who saved the children immediately began performing CPR on them to try to breathe life back into their tiny lungs, something that officials said is extremely important in a near-drowning situation.

“Anyone that can do CPR on an adult or a child that is unresponsive, it greatly improves their chances of survival,” said Simison.

Simison urged locals to get their CPR certification, so they could help save a life if they found themselves in a situation like what happened at Citronelle Lake.

Meanwhile, parents said the incidents have them concerned.

Sheryle McCoy told FOX10 she brings her kids to Citronelle Lake about twice a week during the summer, she said she’s still in disbelief about what happened.

“It’s unbelievable, unbelievable,” she said.

Currently, the lake has a “swim at your own risk” policy, meaning there is no lifeguard on duty.

FOX10 asked parents of young swimmers at the lake if they believe a life guard should be present during the summer months.

“No, I think there needs to be observant parents,” answered father Jonathan Green, “There’s not a lot of people here, the water’s really calm, I don’t think there needs to be a lifeguard here.”

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