A 10-year-old boy trapped by his knee at the Balclutha
Centennial Pool yesterday is helped by a fireman shortly
after being freed, watched by his mother (second from
right) and pool staff. Photo by Helena de Reus.
A 10-year-old Balclutha boy was trapped in a swimming
pool for nearly 15 minutes after jamming his knee yesterday
Staff at the Balclutha Centennial Pool called the Fire
Service shortly after 4pm, when the boy was discovered
trapped in the pool, with his head above water.
Pool staff, including a lifeguard, kept the boy calm while
waiting for the Fire Service to arrive.
Balclutha Volunteer Fire Brigade station officer Daryl
Forrest said the 10-year-old boy slipped his knee between the
bulkhead and the pool edge and was trapped for nearly 15
Mr Forrest said he managed to slide the boy's leg free
shortly after arriving.
Clutha District Council corporate services manager Alan
Dickson said the council, which owns and runs the pool, would
be investigating the incident.
The pool was closed for about half-an-hour while the boy was
The boy's mother said he was ''OK'' and she took him to
Clutha Health First for a check-up.