Student swimmer pulled from Holland pool


HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A Detroit-area teen who had to be rescued from a Holland pool on Friday is still in critical condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, according to hospital officials.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. at the Holland Community Aquatic Center, which is located at 550 Maple Ave. The 16-year-old high school student from Wyandotte was diving as he warmed up before a qualifying round of the Division 2 state swim meet.

Other divers and lifeguards spotted the teen at the bottom of the 13-foot-deep pool. Several lifeguards and fully-clothed coaches jumped in and pulled him out. He had to be revived with CPR.

Once emergency responders were sure the teen was breathing, had a pulse and was conscious, he was taken to the hospital. He remained there in critical condition on Monday. He is improving and is expected to make a full recovery, the athletic director of Northview Public Schools told 24 Hour News 8.

The event was MHSAA-sanctioned, so there was a doctor and a medical trainer on hand.

It’s unclear what happened that left the teen on the bottom of the pool.

Garret Snook, a swim coach at Saginaw Heritage High School, witnessed the incident. He said this type of accident at a swim meet is extremely unusual.

“Just a fluke incident. Just really scary,” he said. “I’ve never been anywhere near anything like this. I’ve been around the pool since probably I was 8 years old — the last 20 years of my life. First time I’ve ever walked away thinking something bad happened at a swim meet.”

Additionally, Northview High School dive team coach Kurt Mirandette suffered a heart attack after helping to rescue the team, according to Northview’s athletic director. Mirandette helped in the resuscitation of the teen and then experienced chest pains a few minutes later. As of Monday, he had been released from the hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

The meet was delayed briefly after the teen was pulled from the water, but then resumed. The championship continued on Saturday.

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