A 7-year-old boy nearly drowned Sunday evening in the pool of a Brickell-area hotel, according to Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
Carroll said the boy was visiting friends at The Four Ambassadors Hotel, 801 Brickell Bay Dr., with his family when the accident happened.
“His mom said she had taken her eyes off him for a moment when he was discovered at the bottom of the pool,” Carroll said.
A “frantic” call came into 911 at about 8:30 p.m., Carroll said. Dispatchers gave the caller instructions on how to begin CPR on the boy, who was not breathing.
It was not clear how long the boy had been in the pool.
Rescuers were able to get a pulse on the way to Jackson Memorial Hospital, but lost it before getting to the hospital, Carroll said. Doctors were able to revive the boy and stabilize him, but Carroll said he was still in critical condition as of Sunday night.
Carroll hopes the incident is a reminder how important it is to supervise children around water.
“This is one of those tragic accidents that can be prevented, which is what makes it so difficult,” he said.