Aunt says 8-year-old niece who nearly drowned was underwater for 2-3 minutes

Girl pulled from Coral Springs pool Sunday afternoon

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The aunt of an 8-year-old girl who is in critical condition after nearly drowning at a Coral Springs home Sunday said the girl was underwater for about two to three minutes.

The woman called 911 after the girl was found at the bottom of the pool in the 8200 block of Northwest Second Manor.

"She is not breathing right now?" the dispatcher asked the woman.

"We don't know. We don't know. Oh God," she said.

The girl's aunt said someone at the family gathering was doing CPR on the child while they waited for help to arrive.

"They are on their way to you, but I want to know. She does not know how to swim?" the dispatcher asked.

"I guess not. There are a lot of people in the pool," the woman said.

"How long was she in the pool for?" the dispatcher asked.

"Like three minutes. Two minutes," the aunt said.

Coral Springs Fire Department Division Chief Mike Moser said rescuers were called to the home shortly before 5 p.m.

He said the girl was playing around in the pool, doing handstands and holding her breath, when people at the gathering noticed she hadn’t resurfaced.

"They noticed her at the bottom of the pool for just a short period of time, and when she didn't surface, they had one of the other children check on her and when she was not responsive, adults jumped in and pulled her out and started CPR," Moser said.

The aunt told the dispatcher that the girl started vomiting while someone was performing CPR on her.

The girl was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition.

It's unclear whether her parents were at the home at the time.

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