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Boy Injured in Local Swimming Pool Accident

By: Will Jones Email
By: Will Jones Email

A fun day at the pool soon turned into a trip to the ER.

For many families, summer time means pool time and we all know how hard it can be and try to take the proper precautions to make sure that playtime is safe.

No one could have predicted what happened to one young boy at Little Creek Country Club Swimming Pool in South Charleston Tuesday.

It was supposed to be just another day at the pool, but for Christian McNeely it landed him in the hospital in a freak accident involving a diving board.

“We had someone dive of the board, bounce correctly and went to pool. The next person in line would have been right here and the pipe dislodged from the ground,” Little Creek Country Club General Manager David Pentz said.

The pool's general manager said the pipe then came down right on the boy's foot.

“It was fast. I didn't have time to move,” Christian McNeely said.

It sent the 11 year old straight into surgery, leaving this diving fan's leg and foot in a cast.

“I’m worried because I would like him to continue playing sports and right now it's not know what's going to happen with his foot,” his uncle, Mac McNeely said.

No one knows how this accident could have been prevented and until they do, there won't be anymore diving at this pool.

“We're not going to have a diving board for the rest of the summer at Little Creek Country Club. Pentz said, “It's a liability issue. We just want to stay away from that.”

Despite not knowing if his leg will ever be the same again, McNeely is good spirits, using his injury to his advantage by calling on his mom more than ever.

He's certainly a trooper. This is not the first time Christian has been in a cast. He broke his arm earlier this year, but this latest injury may have long term consequences. The family says Christian may walk with a limp for the rest of his life.


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