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6-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Pulled From Bridgeview Pool

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (CBS/STMW) – A 6-year-old Justice has died after lifeguards pulled him—unresponsive and unable to breath —out of a south suburban pool Tuesday afternoon.

At 1:43 p.m. Michael Duda was unable to breathe when lifeguards pulled him from the shallow end of the the Bridgeview Park District pool, according to Bridgeview Police Chief Walter Klimek.

“He was unresponsive and they immediately began CPR, which continued until the paramedics arrived in a few minutes,” Klimek said.

The boy was taken to the intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and had “a weak pulse” as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Klimek said.

The boy died Wednesday evening, according to a statement from a Bridgeview village spokesman. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the death.

The boy was at the pool at 8100 S. Beloit Ave. as part of a Park District summer camp program, Klimek said.

“There were 73 children and 10 counselors (from the camp) who were chaperoning them at the pool,” Klimek said. “The pool is closed and will remain closed through Friday due to the fact that this is still an active investigation.”

Police have reviewed videotape but saw nothing that explained why the boy was unresponsive, he said.

“You can see him being rescued, and CPR being given to him,” he said.

There were about 300 people in the pool, well below the 345 maximum that is allowed, he said.

“We are not sure exactly what happened, but we do know based on interviews, the lifeguards acted quickly,” Klimek said.

“We’re still in the process of interviewing lifeguards, the counselors and so forth,” he said. “The lifeguards did a very good job. They were complimented by the paramedic unit.”

“This is the first major emergency at the pool in the last 30 years. Summer is just beginning, and now we’ve got this,” said Klimek.

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