Teen Pulled From Scranton Pool

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SCRANTON -- Police spent the afternoon interviewing lifeguards and swimmers after a 19-year-old man was pulled from a pool Thursday afternoon in Scranton.

The pool at the Connell Park pool complex was cleared and police put up tape after the incident around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Witnesses say the man struggled after doing a flip off the diving board.

Even for such a hot day, swimmers say there were four or five people in the pool when a 19-year-old man walked up on the diving board and did a back flip, landing on his back in the deep end.

Victoria Szanyi, age 11, was in the water, too.

"He came up to the surface and was splashing his arms and he said, 'help.' Victoria recalled. "And then everybody thought he was joking, and then when he went down and he was just laying at the bottom of the pool, the lifeguard asked me to jump in, and I jumped in and went to go down and touch him. He wasn't moving and I came back up and told the lifeguard. He threw his phone, took off all his clothes, and jumped in."

Witnesses say it took two lifeguards to get the man out, then they started doing CPR before the ambulance arrived taking the man to the hospital.

Police stayed and roped off the pool. Detectives met with witnesses and some lifeguards were taken to police headquarters for interviews.

"I never saw something like that happen before, so i really feel bad for that boy," Victoria added.

"I thought it was pretty scary at first," said Bill Brown. "That's a shame that that happened to him though."

Police have not released the name of the man who was pulled from the pool and there is no word on his condition.

The director of Parks and Recreation for Scranton told us he could not comment on the incident and couldn't tell us how long Connell Park pool will be closed.

13 comments

  • E

    Almost every proud Scranton local I’ve ever met is a fundamentally horrible person, so it’s no surprise the lifeguards there are equally disgusting human beings. Most Scranton locals are low class white trash that intentionally treat people poorly and then try to use pathetic excuses like my daddy beat me, i was cheated out of my sports/military career, my spouse left me blah, blah, wah, wah. These people deserve to be poor and to live in a slum, which is why they are trapped there for their entire life.

  • E

    Almost every proud Scranton local I’ve ever met is a fundamentally horrible person, so it’s no surprise the lifeguards there are equally disgusting human beings. Most Scranton locals are low class white trash that intentionally treat people poorly and then try to use pathetic excuses like my daddy beat me, i was cheated out of my sports/military career, i was abused, my spouse left me blah, blah, wah, wah. These people deserve to be poor and to live in a slum, which is why they are trapped in Scranton for their entire life.

  • Nicole

    Wow. This sounds like one of the best lifeguards out there.. he tells an 11 year old to go check on the kid who was yelling for help. Moron. Sending prayers to the kid involved in this & also to his family. And to that girl who was trying to help, thank you. I would say thank god there were lifeguards there but…

    • E

      The lifeguard in question certainly got his job because of corruption in the form of favortism/nepotism, just like the rest of the Scranton city employees. He won’t be fired or reprimanded because his father/uncle/grandfather will shield him from consequences. Lol. Scranton Pa, is officially the most corrupt city in the ENTIRE United States of America. Gee whiz it’s such a surprise it’s used as a dumping ground (sarcasm).

  • San

    Boy this lifeguard is s real keeper, good thing that they raised the pay rate for lifeguards this year, or we would have some real rookies to do the job.

    “He came up to the surface and was splashing his arms and he said, ‘help.’ Victoria recalled. “And then everybody thought he was joking, and then when he went down and he was just laying at the bottom of the pool, the lifeguard asked me to jump in, and I jumped in and went to go down and touch him. He wasn’t moving and I came back up and told the lifeguard. He threw his phone, took off all his clothes, and jumped in.”

  • Abril

    Okay first off the lifeguards at that pool are really disrespectful and rude, they curse at the people swimming (sometimes kids) -especially the one lifeguard that a blonde short girl- instead of being nice. Second of all, this year that pool has zero control they literally got 1 lifeguard to watch the whole pool area. While there are about 6 other people in that room next to the portable toilets. They don’t do there job right. I’m been going to that pool since forever and i was gonna go today with some friends but we didn’t because we thought it was gonna rain. Last year was better because they had 4 lifeguards watching everybody, 2 in the kid side and 2 in the deep side. Its a mess to be honest they really don’t know how to manage a pool. The lifeguards don’t do their job right they mostly sit in that room thing., Sit on the lifeguard chair day dreaming or looking at their phone, or just throwing a Frisbee around. There’s literally one lifeguard that is actually respectful and interacts with the kids and people there and its a dark haired boy that is a bit tall. Either get lifeguards who actually do their job or just close the whole thing down which will suck for the people that go there everyday. I live a walking distance from there and i go there almost everyday that its open. It’s sad that this happened prayers to the guy and his family.

  • Jenn

    The boy did a backflip, landed on his back in the water, and was splashing around yelling for help? First of all, that’s a spinal and should have been dealt with accordingly. Second, anyone trying to stay afloat and yelling for help is a swimmer in distress. To prevent an active or passive drowning victim, you immediately assist the swimmer in distress. Third, this is obvious, but the guard on duty should have NEVER been on his phone or asking a child in the pool to check if the boy was okay. He should have been watching his water. The situation was 100% preventable.

  • Janice

    The lifeguard “took his clothes off “and jumped in water. What was he wearing, jeans??? This is so sad. When he called for help I suppose the guard was on his cell phone. The public can only hope this city really evaluates what happened here. Hire the qualified, not someone who got hired because they know some city public official! So sad, Hope this boy survives. The young boy who was asked to jump in then go to bottom of pool will be testifying in court!

  • Tonya

    This story has blown my mind! Did i seriously just read that the lifeguard sent a child to check on him? Ive lost all hope for humanity!

  • Susan Phillips

    OMG instead of doing the job they are being PAID to do they send an 11 year old to the bottom of the pool to see if the guy is faking it?????? fire them!!! and bar the lifeguards from playing with their cell phones while working. damn!!!

  • sw

    Wait. The guy thrashed his arms and said, “Help” and everyone laughed? The lifeguards asked an eleven yr. old kid to check on the guy laying at the bottom of the pool? WTH?

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