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Body of teen pulled from pool in Radium Springs

Albany Fire Department and Dougherty County Police respond to a call at 113 N. Rosewood Drive where a 15-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool Tuesday.

Albany Fire Department and Dougherty County Police respond to a call at 113 N. Rosewood Drive where a 15-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool Tuesday.

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ALBANY, Ga. — A teenager drowned in a Radium Springs residential pool just before 5:25 p.m. Tuesday despite emergency rescue efforts by first responders.

“They called us after they had been looking for him for about 10 minutes,” said Allen Cravey, Albany Fire department assistant chief. “ He was 15 years old. I believe he was from Jersey City, N.J.”

The drowned boy’s name was not available from the Dougherty County Police Department because it was early in the investigation. He drowned in a pool behind the yellow ranch-style home at 113 N. Rosewood Drive off Radium Springs Road, officers said.

The drowned boy was described as “unresponsive” when he was taken from the water and placed in a Dougherty County EMS ambulance to be taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Firefighter Brian Anderson and an unnamed emergency medical technician jumped in the pool trying to locate the teenager. The water was described as dark and murky with poor visibility in the deep end.

The body could not be located immediately, officers said. Anderson, an experienced diver, donned the regular breathing-mask gear with an air tank that firefighters use.

He went into the water and found the youngster’s body. Together with the emergency technicians, they carried the victim to the ambulance and he was rushed to Phoebe.

Tracy Williams and her husband, Richard, who live in the neighborhood, said that children often played in the yard where the boy drowned.

“I heard all the sirens and police pulling up. I didn’t know what was happening,” Tracy Williams said. “Then I hear a woman screaming and I knew it was bad.”

6:05 Update:

Dougherty County Police, Albany Fire Department and Dougherty EMS are on the scene.

Neighbors saw a body being loaded into a waiting ambulance. There is a swimming pool behind a yellow ranch style home at the address. A wooden privacy fence hides the pool from view.

A neighbor said she heard women screaming before the ambulance arrived.


5:35p.m.: Emergency personnel is responding to reports of a child drowning in a pool at 113 Rosewood Drive.

Updates as they become available.