A 3-year-old girl was playing on her grandfather’s back in the swimming pool of an apartment complex Monday afternoon when the pair slipped to the bottom of the deep end.
Fire Captain Mary Gutierrez, who responded to the multiple 911 calls, said a woman saw the man and child after a few minutes and immediately recognized that something was wrong.
“She saw them at the bottom and she had complete confidence in her son — she told him to dive in and help them,” Gutierrez said.
The boy, fourth-grader Ishaan Singh, quickly swam to the bottom of the pool, grabbed the 3-year-old girl and pushed her to the side, where bystanders pulled her out.
Another woman, a swimming instructor conducting a private lesson at the pool, dove down and pulled out the grandfather.
None of the 10 to 12 bystanders knew CPR, Gutierrez said, but they did the best they could to revive the girl and her grandfather by pushing on their chests. She said that was the right thing to do.
“It would have been a completely different outcome if the boy and other bystanders hadn’t acted so quickly,” Gutierrez said. “Had an adult not observed them and the 9-year-old boy not been so brave, this incident would have had a very different ending.”
The girl was released from the hospital in good condition this morning. The grandfather was still hospitalized, but his family asked that his condition not be released.
The boy will receive a citizen’s award for his bravery later this year, the fire captain said.