Young child rescued from bottom of swimming pool

A young boys life was saved by lifeguards at a borough swimming pool after he got into difficulty during a survival training exercise.

Eyewitness said they watched in horror Monday evening after seeing the boy, who was believed to be around 13 lying on the swimming pool floor.

The young boy was taking part in a training session with Newburn Sea Cadets at Tynemouth Pool when he was seen lying motionless at the deep end of the pool. The News Guardian was told by a source at the pool that the boy was in the water practising life-saving skills.

She said "At the time it was quiet, with between ten and 20 people using the pool, lifeguards pulled him out of the water and he wasn't breathing so he was given CPR. He was brought back around and started vomiting and the ambulance was there in ten to 15 minutes."

The young boy was then rushed to North Tyneside General Hospital.

North Tyneside Council spokesman said: "The safety of our customers is our first priority which is why our staff are trained to the highest possible standard. We can confirm there was an incident during a survival training session at Tynemouth Pool. A child was seen in difficulty and was rescued by one of our lifeguards who then gave first aid. We're delighted that the child has since made a full recovery and has suffered no ill effects. As part of normal procedures whenever incidents like this occur we will be reviewing what happened to ensure we did everything possible."

Lee Lowden, chief petty officer of the Newburn Sea Cadets, based in Lemington, confirmed that the boy came from the Newburn branch.

Lee said: "We are extremely grateful to the lifeguards who saved the boy's life and we'll be having a chat with the manager of the pool so that we can thank them directly."