A 5-YEAR-OLD was seen at the bottom of a swimming pool “facing up” before being pulled out of the water by a family member, the Department of Public Safety said in a statement on Wednesday.

Once the child was pulled out, Stayhill Resort staff administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR as family members called for police assistance, DPS added.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, at about 2:43 p.m., DPS said they received a call regarding a drowning incident at Stayhill Resort in Papago. The caller also stated that a resort staff member was performing CPR on the victim.

Nearby DPS Boating Safety and patrol units were immediately dispatched to the scene. At about 2:48 p.m., police officers arrived and took over administering CPR. Shortly after, medics arrived and transported the victim to the Commonwealth Health Center for further care.

At the hospital, Dr. Pena Julio pronounced the victim dead at about 11:28 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19.

DPS reminds the public to assign a family member to supervise children, especially when near a body of water.

“Always remember to bring a properly fitted life jacket for inexperienced swimmers and to consider the effects of any medication or alcohol while swimming,” DPS said.

DPS highly encourages the public to call 911 anytime to report a crime or an emergency. “Our officers are here to help you,” DPS added.


Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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