(Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the emergency center received information regarding a young drowning victim and sent Spencer emergency responders, the Spencer Police and Clay County Sheriff's office racing to the center.
Few details were available following the incident. Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson said specific information was pending notification of the young person's family.
A witness at the scene, whose husband reportedly pulled the young person from the water, provided limited details.
"My husband was grabbing kids off the slide, and felt someone bump against his leg. He looked down and saw him in the water. He realized something wasn't right and pulled him up out of the water immediately," she said.
Additional details, including the child's condition, were not made immediately available.
Lawson interviewed witnesses at the scene and spoke with lifeguards on duty at the time of the incident.
The Spencer Family Y provides service and employs lifeguard personnel at the Spencer Family Aquatic Center.
Clay County Emergency Director Eric Tigges noted that in a case like this, the lifeguards involved can beat themselves up mentally working through scenarios regarding the accident. He indicated that he plans to conduct a Critical Incident Stress Management exercise with the pool staff as early as Thursday.
"It will be an opportunity to decompress a bit. It will help them get their heads on straight," Tigges said.
Additional details will be provided as they become available.