A mother and two of her children are on life support after a near-drowning incident at the pool at the Hollywood Premiere Motel at 5333 Hollywood Blvd. on Monday, according to a Los Angeles Police Department representative.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call that three individuals had possibly drowned at the hotel. When firefighters and paramedics arrived, they found the three unidentified individuals — an 11-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and their 36-year-old mother — without a pulse and not breathing.
LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders said a Good Samaritan had pulled the three out of the pool but had left the scene before paramedics arrived. He said emergency personnel performed CPR on the three victims and transported them to local hospitals in cardiac arrest. The department described them as being in “grave” condition.
Sanders said four of the woman’s children were playing in the pool when two wandered into the deep end. The woman was near the pool and, after seeing her children in “extreme” distress, attempted to save them while fully clothed, according to a press release.
“Apparently, nobody in the family was a strong swimmer or had any swimming ability at all,” Sanders said. The pool is seven-and-a-half feet deep on one end.
He said the father of the children had left the property to get food, and he returned as paramedics were arriving. Sanders said the other two children were unharmed. No lifeguard was on duty, but the pool was fenced.
The two children were transported to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, according to an LAPD representative. Hospital representatives declined to provide more information about their status, citing privacy laws.
The LAPD representative did not know what hospital the woman had been transported to, but media reports stated that she is being treated at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Hospital representatives did not respond to a request for information before deadline.
According to the LAPD, all three victims remained on life support as of Wednesday.
Martin Saucedo works in Los Feliz and was walking to the grocery store when he saw paramedics attempting to resuscitate the three victims. He said they gave them CPR for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
“It seems like the mother didn’t make it because … they covered her completely when she was put on the gurney,” Saucedo said. “It was very sad, especially seeing the father. He was just going crazy and shouting and trying to go into the pool. Very sad.”
Emma Danoff and Mel Turner live nearby. They placed candles at the site in honor of the victims.
“We walk by this pool a hundred times a day, and it’s always empty,” Danoff said, adding that the news of the incident was “just awful.”
“It’s just breaking my heart seeing the little flip-flops,” she said, taking note of the victims’ belongings still at the scene.
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