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UPDATE: High school swim team member taken to hospital

Cautionary move taken after swimmer inhaled some water

Posted: April 4, 2013 11:11 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2013 6:17 p.m.

A member of a high school swim team was taken to the hospital Thursday after experiencing difficulty breathing at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, according to an official at the center.

Doug Botton, administrator of aquatics for the city of Santa Clarita, said the girl got out of the pool Thursday morning after inhaling some water while she was swimming. After about 15 minutes, the girl said she was still having difficulty breathing.

The girl’s mother then decided to call an ambulance, Botton said.

“Better safe than sorry with something like this,” he said.

Local fire units responded to the Aquatic Center at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway about 10:40 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Quvondo Johnson.

The incident was originally reported as a drowning, Johnson said.

The young woman was loaded into an ambulance for transportation to the hospital around 11 a.m., and it appeared she was breathing and conscious, according to reports from the scene.

Botton said the girl never lost consciousness prior to the ambulance arriving at the hospital. Her name was not released.





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