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Published July 28, 2010, 09:52 PM

Boy rescued from Casselton pool recovering

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - A 6-year-old boy rescued from a swimming pool in Casselton is in satisfactory condition in a Fargo hospital. A lifeguard who wasn't even on duty gave the first rescue breaths.

By: Kelsey Soby, Associated Press

At noon today lifeguards say Ben Metzger completed one of his final beginner level swim lessons at the Casselton pool. At 3 pm, he was drowning in it.

An off duty lifeguard who is also Ben’s swimming instructor says she heard one of the three on-duty lifeguards yell, call 911. She says when Ben was pulled from the deep end, where there's 9 and a half feet of water, he looked blue and was foaming at the mouth.

She says rescue breaths caused him to throw up. Lifeguards pulled a piece of gum from his mouth and continued compressions until emergency officials arrived.

Two registered nurses also happened to be at the pool and offered their assistance. Ashleigh says the boy was at the pool with his brother and babysitter and was awake and crying when the ambulance picked him up.