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8-year-old girl in critical condition after near drowning at Southside pool

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Updated: 9/05/2013 4:05 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An 8-year-old girl is fighting for her life, after she nearly drowned. That little girl was found on the bottom of the Johns Creek community pool on the Southside, which was packed with a busy Labor Day crowd.

"I feel so sad for the parents. I want to make sure the little girl is obviously OK," said Carla Wester.

Wester left the community pool 30 minutes before the 9-1-1 call came in around 2:45 p.m. She tells Action News there were about 15 children in the water and six adults supervising. Police tell us one of them rescued the girl and even performed CPR.

"Apparently this little girl was at the bottom of the pool for some time before anyone noticed, and it was probably because there was so much going on," said Wester.

One woman we spoke to lives directly across the street from the pool and says nothing like this has ever happened.

"How could it happen because the pool really isn't that deep and there was mature people around," said neighbor Yvonne Massraf.

Neighbors tells Action News they're not sure if the girl lives in the neighborhood but say she went to school nearby.

"I am aware that she is a Chets Creek student. I believe she is in third grade. It is my understanding that the principal at Chets Creek is actually up at the hospital with her now," said Wester.

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