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According to an article in the Austin American Statesman, “Colin Holst might have been only 4 years old, but he could run like the wind.” Words by his father described him as having the endurance of an olympic athlete.

Colin was pulled out of the pool at Life Time Fitness by Life Time lifeguards and was given CPR on friday June 13, 2008. Unfortunately, he passed away Saturday at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

He had just graduated from pre-kindergarten at the Primrose School of Bee Cave. His father said he loved to play soccer and go to the beach and playing in the water. Our prayers go out to his family at this tragic time especially as this occurred father’s day weekend.

Questions remain? What were the lifeguards on duty doing at the time Colin needed help?

The pertinent lifeguard rules are as follows; 1. 30 Second Rule-The Lifeguard surveys one extreme of his/her zone of responsibility to the other and back within a total of thirty seconds; 2. 10/20 Rule- Once the lifeguard identifies a potential incident (i.e. victim, hazard, risk), he/she must determine within ten seconds whether or not intervention is needed or required. If required, the lifeguard must be positioned in order to intervene within twenty seconds; and 3. 10×10 Reaction rule-The lifeguard must be able to intervene within ten seconds.

It’s often the case that lifeguards on duty are often distracted by other people around the pool and are not actively following the rules they were trained to follow. We have all witnessed lifeguards talking to swimmers and others by the lifeguard stand.

No other information was released surrounding the immediate circumstances leading up to this tragic event at this time at Life Time Fitness.

We are left only with words from Colin’s father, Jeffrey, “For the short time he was here, he impacted so many people, it’s unbelievable, he’s my hero.”

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