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Family tells of youngster's near-death experience at pool

Four-year-old Isaac Fuchs says he feels better now. The four-year-old had to be resuscitated after almost drowning at the Maryborough pool reopening on Saturday.
Four-year-old Isaac Fuchs says he feels better now. The four-year-old had to be resuscitated after almost drowning at the Maryborough pool reopening on Saturday. Robyne Cuerel

IT TOOK just a matter of seconds for four-year-old Isaac Fuchs to escape the watchful gaze of his mother, Rebecca, and dive into the heated pool at Maryborough Aquatic Centre's grand opening.

As his mother, who had his two younger brothers in tow, searched for him among the hundreds of people at the centre, Isaac was face down in the pool, drowning.

Isaac Fuchs was pulled unconscious from the pool at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre but thanks to a stranger who grabbed him from the water and the lifeguards who worked on him until the ambulance arrived, he is a well and happy boy today. His dad Jason says
Isaac Fuchs was pulled unconscious from the pool at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre but thanks to a stranger who grabbed him from the water and the lifeguards who worked on him until the ambulance arrived, he is a well and happy boy today. His dad Jason says "he's back to normal". Robyne Cuerel

Then a woman sitting by the side of the pool noticed Isaac.

At first she thought he was merely floating but after observing him for several moments she realised something was wrong.

She alerted lifeguard Beau Mitchell who dived in and pulled the child out of the pool.

When Rebecca turned around after searching the other end of the heated pool, she was confronted by the sight of her son being resuscitated.

A phone call was made to Isaac's father, Jason, who raced from their Maryborough home to his son's side at the centre.

When Jason got to the pool, his son was showing signs of recovery.

The lifeguard had started CPR and after a few deep breaths into Isaac's lungs, the child coughed up a huge amount of water.

By the time two ambulances arrived at the centre, Isaac was conscious and crying, much to the relief of his parents.

Yesterday, Jason and Rebecca watched their son running around and playing with his two brothers, Jacob and Joshua, with no ill-effects from the near-tragedy that almost befell their family.

If he has to sell the family car to fund it, Jason says there is no way he is going to let his sons go any longer without learning to swim.

Yesterday, he took Isaac back to the pool where they thanked the people who had played an important part in saving Isaac's life.

Along with the lifeguards, two registered nurses also played a vital role in the rescue.

Isaac spent Saturday night at Hervey Bay Hospital where he was kept under observation.

Isaac has very little recollection of what happened.

"He only remembers jumping in the water," Jason said.

Isaac Fuchs surrounded by his family, father, Jason, mother Rebecca Berg, and brothers Jacob and Joshua.
Isaac Fuchs surrounded by his family, father, Jason, mother Rebecca Berg, and brothers Jacob and Joshua. Robyne Cuerel

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