California Police Revive Toddler Found In Hotel Fountain
Cindy Chew / AP
San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix
December 09, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police rescued a toddler Wednesday who fell into a lobby fountain at the Hyatt Regency hotel while his mother frantically searched for him, authorities said.
The mother called 911 at 1:22 p.m. to say her son was missing, and within minutes responding police officers found the 1 1/2-year-old boy in the fountain, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
“The child was not breathing when they found him in the water, but officers revived him with CPR,” Esparza said. He declined to identify the officers.
Fire Department paramedics arrived at 1:26 p.m. and, while continuing CPR, took the boy to St. Francis Hospital, said Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge.
The boy was later transferred to an unidentified medical center, St. Francis officials said. His condition was not known, and his name has not been released.
Talmadge said the incident appeared to be an accident, but that authorities were still investigating. The hotel is located along the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building.
Hyatt spokesman Pete Hillan said he was not sure if the mother and child were hotel guests or just walking through the lobby.
The fountain is a reflecting pool that was built in 1973, and there has never been a similar accident in it, Hillan said. Part of the pool is about 3 inches deep, and it empties into a trough that is about 2 1/2 feet deep, he said.
The boy was found in a part of the pool near a Christmas tree.
“We are deeply concerned about the accident that occurred at the hotel this afternoon,” Hillan said in a statement. “The safety and security of our guests, visitors and associates is a top priority at Hyatt Regency San Francisco.”
He deferred all other queries to police.