• Seattle officers save man who nearly drowned in hotel pool


    SEATTLE - A 32-year-old man is recovering at Harborview Medical Center after he nearly drowned in a hotel pool but was saved by Seattle police officers.

     Shortly before 3 a.m., three guests of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel near the Seattle Center decided to use the hotel’s closed pool. 

     Police said all three had been drinking prior to their swim. 

     During the swim, the victim sank to the bottom of the pool, but his friends believed that the man was just playing and continued swimming their laps. 

      At that point, a hotel employee discovered the three in the closed pool and told them they needed to go back to their rooms.

      It was at that time they realized that the victim was on the bottom of the pool.  His friends were able to pull him up to the pool deck while the hotel employee called 911.

     Two Seattle police officers who were in the area when the call was broadcast arrived immediately and found the victim had no pulse.

     One officer began CPR while fire department medics were on their way.   The officer performed about a minute of chest compressions on the victim until he was relieved by medics. 

     The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.

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