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Student found unresponsive in Lake Stevens pool

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By Rikki King
Herald Writer
LAKE STEVENS -- A Lake Stevens High School student was rushed to the hospital Friday morning after being found unresponsive in the school's pool.
The student, described as being in his 20s, was in critical condition, Lake Stevens fire battalion chief Perry Putnam said. His injuries were described as potentially life-threatening.
The student's family and school administrators were with him at the hospital Friday, district spokeswoman Jayme Taylor said.
The district could not release additional details about the man's condition due to privacy laws, she said.
The student was found in the bottom of the pool at 11:09 a.m., Putnam said.
Students were getting into the pool at the beginning of a physical education class when a teacher noticed one was missing, Taylor said. The teacher and the school aquatics manager, a certified lifeguard, both were in the room at the time.
The aquatics manager pulled the victim from the water and began life-saving efforts, Taylor said.
"First responders were called and they took over from there," she said.
Firefighters worked about 25 minutes to get the student stabilized, Putnam said. He was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
The school district was working with police, Taylor said. That's standard procedure anytime there's an emergency on campus.
District policies require a lifeguard to be present when anyone is in the pool, she said.
Washington state law allows students to remain in high school until the age of 21 in some circumstances, including if they have special needs.
District officials on Friday said they could not comment on the man's status as a student. They asked for privacy for the student and his family.
"Words cannot describe the emotions associated with this accident, and the hearts of everyone in the Lake Stevens School District go out to the student and the family," Taylor wrote in a press release. "Student safety is always a top priority, and we will be commencing a formal investigation into the circumstances once law enforcement has completed its investigation."
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