Girl Nearly Drowns at Camp

By Dan Stamm
|  Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 1:53 PM EDT
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Girl Nearly Drowns at Camp

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A child nearly drowned while visiting a popular area camp this morning.

Emergency crews were called to Camp America, located on Lower State Road in Chalfont, Pa. at 11:20 a.m. Monday for the report of a near drowning, according to Bucks County dispatchers.

A 10-year-old girl visiting the camp as part of a field trip jumped into the pool went to the bottom, resurfaced then went underwater again, according to the Warrington Township Police Department.

Lifeguards jumped into the water and rescued the girl. When crews arrived the girl was alert and vomiting.

She was taken to Abington Memorial Hospital as a precaution, according to authorities.

The girl wasn’t identified.

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Camp America caters to campers ages 2-1/2 to 14 on its 42-acre property. Besides swimming, the camp offers archery, gymnastics, sports, cooking, art & crafts, go-karts, boating and computing, according to its website.

A three-day mini-camp is set to begin at the camp on Tuesday ahead of the full summer season.

The opening of summer camps and swimming pools raises awareness about potential swimming dangers. Last year alone 137 kids under the age of 15 died in pools or spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

 


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