A young Chareidi boy (13) is fighting for his life after he drowned on Tuesday night at the Nevot Yisroel pool on Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem. Emergency medical service personnel from Magen David Adom and United Hatzalah performed CPR on the boy. Thankfully, a pulse was brougth back to the boy. He was then transported to Hadassah Har HaTzofim hospital where he was sedated and put on a ventilator.

Police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the drowning.

Director of the Jerusalem Region for United Hatzalah Miki Cohen was one of the first responders at the incident. Cohen said: “The boy was pulled from the water in an unconscious state, he was not breathing and had no pulse. We succeeded at regaining the boy’s pulse after which he was transported to the hospital in serious condition.”

PLEASE SAY TEHILLIM for Yosef Shlomo ben Sara Nechama – יוסף שלמה בן שרה נחמה (name Yosef was added tonight)

Thus far in 2018, 36 children have drowned to death in Israel, according to statistics published by B’Terem organization which works to promote and increase child-safety. In 2017, the total number of children who drowned to death was 17.

CEO of B’Terem Orli Silvinger said: “the year 2018 isn’t even over yet and it is already clear that this is the worst year for children who drowned in the past decade. Any child who is not a strong swimmer needs to be watched very carefully around any body of water. Additionally, private pools need to be fenced off in order to prevent childrn accessing them without supervision.”

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