An Irvine man, Gokulaprasad Govindaswamy died recently when he drowned in a nearby community pool. When paramedics were called to the scene at about 4:30, bystanders had already begun performing CPR by the deck. Paramedics could not revive him and he was taken to Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Irvine, but later died.
Orange County Fire Authority stated that there was a party in progress and that someone had found him unconscious at the bottom of the pool. It is not known whether there was any lifeguard on duty but many community pools only have safety personnel during the summer season; which begins on Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day.
Whether it is a community or a backyard pool, when a large group of people are attending along side a pool, it is helpful to hire a local swimming lifeguard trained in CPR. For a few extra dollars, tragedy can be avoided. Just because a person is an adult doesn’t mean that he or she can swim, or is safely able to swim under the conditions. Even if a guest has a medical issue while swimming, the chances of another person noting it quickly are less than if a life guard is hired and present. Unfortunately, a drowning often occurs when there are many people present.