A young man believed to be a Thompson Rivers University student is recovering in Royal Inland Hospital after he was pulled unconscious from the Canada Games Pool on Thursday night.
City aquatics program supervisor Glen Cheetham said Friday the incident is still being investigated and he didn’t have the full details yet.
What he did know was that lifeguards pulled the man — thought to be around 18 or 20 — from the deep water of the main pool at around 8 p.m.
Lifeguards immediately began CPR while emergency first responders were called. B.C. Ambulance and Kamloops Fire Rescue arrived about 10 minutes later and the man was taken to Royal Inland Hospital.
“My understanding is he is still under hospital care,” said Cheetham.
While lifeguards were working to save the man’s life, the pools were cleared and closed.
B.C. Ambulance got the call as a medical incident and took the patient to hospital in serious condition.
Cheetham said he didn’t have any information about how the man became unconscious in the first place, but he was confident that he wasn’t in the water for long.
“We understand he was with a group of friends. We believe they may be TRU students. TRU is aware of him and has been in contact with his family,” he said.
“Our thoughts are with the young man and his family, it’s obviously a difficult situation.”