PSJA ISD Student Recounts Near Drowning Incident During Class

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PHARR – One of the more than 20 students in the swimming class in Pharr said the student who nearly drowned is one of her close friends.

Delilah Reyes said everyone in the class was shaken up, "Everyone was crying in the locker room.”

Reyes said swimming class started out normally.

The group just swam some laps and was gathering in the pool to meet with the coach, but someone was missing.

"I noticed that my friend was not there, because we were in the same lane," said Reyes.

She told CHANNEL 5 NEWS she looked around for her friend, that's when she saw her underwater and not moving.

"I thought it was her joking around at first, but she wasn't joking. It was serious," said Reyes

After alerting people nearby, Reyes said she tried to help her friend.

Staff stepped in to save the student.

"He started yelling someone please call 911, get an ambulance and we need to do CPR," she described.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with Reyes' mother who told us as a parent she worries something like this could have happened to her daughter.

"I wasn't there and I still feel my heart racing," said Annette Reyes.

They both said they will be staying away from the water for a while.

Delilah Reyes told us her friend is a good swimmer which made it hard to believe something like this could happen.

At last check, the student was hospitalized and in stable condition.

PSJA ISD sent us an image of their Athletic Department Emergency Plan, that can be viewed below.

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