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Name released of teen pulled from Dubuque Hempstead pool

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Police tell KWWL that Gabriel Bisanz, 15 years old, is the student who nearly drowned in a pool incident at Hempstead High School Tuesday night.  The freshman, who was pulled from a swimming pool last night, was flown to a hospital in Iowa City, that's according to Dubuque Police.   

The boy was pulled from the pool at Hempstead High School Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m., given CPR and transported to a Dubuque hospital.  Police say the teenager was breathing when he was taken to the hospital.

The 15-year old freshamn was to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics last night. According to our coverage partners at the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Bisanz's aunt says the boy is in critical condition.

"He's alive, but he is non-responsive," she told the TH. "They flew him to Iowa City last night due to lung damage."

Late Wednesday officials reported the student was breathing on his own, but sources say his condition worsened. 

Students tell us they aren't sure what caused the boy to sink to the bottom of the pool, but police say he was under for less than two minutes.

A student lifeguard pulled the student from the water, then another student gave him CPR until EMT's arrived. They also tell us there were several lifeguards on duty, both in the water and poolside.

One student said the incident was quote "a horrible situation but it couldn't have been handled better."

Principal Lee Kolker spoke with KWWL this afternoon and quote: "We're awaiting new information at this time. Our concern is with the student and his family. They remain in our thoughts and prayers."

Everyone we spoke with Wednesday is expressing the courage of the student lifeguards and the way they handled very tough situation.

The incident occurred during the "Dive-In Movie", where students watch a movie while swimming in the pool, as a part of Hempstead's Spring Wind 2009.  It's a week of events in place of spring break.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires


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