Fridays are swimming days for us. After Joshua’s morning nap, we always head over to Hillcrest for a 1/2 hour swim.
While we were enjoying the lazy river in the leisure pool today, the ear-piercing alarm went off. All of a sudden, all the life guards started blowing their whistles, and yelling for everyone to get out of the pool. Cliff said it was probably a fire bell. I was all, fire bell at the pool? Whatever.
This is not the first time that we’ve seen an emergency situation at Hillcrest. Only a few weeks ago, a woman was injured and everyone had to evacuate for a good 1/2 hour while the woman waited for the paramedics. So when the alarm went off, I was looking around to see if anyone was injured. But everyone got out of the pool, and there was no life guard tending to anybody at the side of the pool. All the patrons were looking around trying to figure out what was going on.
Someone turned on the PA system, and announced, “If your name is so-and-so and you’re 7 years old, please come forward.”
Before I could process what was happening, a life guard dove into the pool and started looking for something. A few seconds later, he stood up and dove in another direction and kept looking.
The it dawned on me, oh my goodness, a little girl was missing!
My heart was sinking fast, and I felt so emotional. I couldn’t imagine what her mother was going through! My over-active imagination started going down the path of “what if Joshua was the one missing?” Tears welled up in my eyes.
While the life guard kept diving in different directions in the pool and looking for the girl, it felt like time just froze. It felt like forever that they were looking for the girl. In reality, it was probably less than 2 minutes.
The PA came on again, and the announcer said, “thank you everyone, the pool is now open again.” I looked around to see what prompted the announcement, then I saw a woman being escorted by a life guard towards the office. The woman was holding the hand of a little girl roughly 7 years old. They found the girl!
I felt an overwhelming sense of relieve for the woman. I couldn’t imagine the few minutes of panic she must have felt when she couldn’t find her little girl. The few minutes felt like eternity to me, it was probably much worse for her.
We returned to the pool and had an uneventful time after that. For the rest of the day, I kept thinking about the incident and the panic I felt. I hope this is something I would never have to go through with Joshua!