Officers Perform CPR on Near Drowning Victim at Hotel Pool

A 32-year-old man is recovering at Harborview Medical Center thanks in part to the quick response and actions of two West Precinct officers early this morning.

Just before 3:00 this morning, three adult guests of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel near the Seattle Center decided to use the hotel’s closed pool.  All three had been drinking prior to their swim.  During the swim, the victim sank to the bottom of the pool.  The other friends believed that the man was just playing, and continued swimming their laps.  At that point, a hotel employee discovered the unauthorized swimming and advised everyone that they needed to leave the pool.  It was at that time they realized that the victim was in fact in distress on the bottom of the pool.  The friends were able to pull him up to the pool deck while the hotel employee called 911.

Two West Precinct officers were in the area when the call was broadcast and arrived within seconds of the call going out over the radio.  The officers found that the victim had no pulse and one officer immediately began CPR while the Fire Department was enroute.  The officer performed  about one minute of chest compressions on the victim until he was relieved by the Seattle Fire Department.  SFD continued treatment and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.