Girl Nearly Drowns While Swimming at Spa Castle in Queens

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NBC 4 New York

A girl nearly drowned while swimming in a pool at a Queens spa on Friday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said.

Firefighters were called to Spa Castle in College Point after receiving reports that the child was in cardiac arrest. 

When they arrived, the girl was already out of the water. Witnesses told NBC 4 New York that a guest at the spa noticed that the child hadn't come up for air in some time, pulled her out and began administering CPR.

She was taken to the hospital afterward. Her condition wasn't known.

Witnesses at the scene described the hectic scene after the girl was pulled for the girl.

"I mean, her lips were blue," one witness said. 

The owner of Spa Castle told NBC 4 New York that there are three staffers certified to administer CPR across five pools. 

"Today, a child was pulled from a jet pool, a posted no swimming zone," the spa said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with her family at this time. CPR was initiated by a certified staff member and the patron was taken by ambulance to a local hospital."

The city health department says it's investigating. 

An 84-year-old man died at the luxury spa center after being pulled from a rooftop hot tub there in 2014. Authorities at the time said the man died of hypertension and heart disease, but it wasn't clear how long he was submerged in the hot tub.

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