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BOY, 6, LEAVES HOSPITAL AFTER NEARLY DROWNING

A 6-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a motel swimming pool was released Monday from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Johnny Park of Jackson Heights was visiting Niagara Falls with his parents and other relatives when he had his close call with death Sunday night.

Officer Jacqueline Weigel and Lt. John Soltys were dispatched at 8 p.m. to Sunrise Motel, 6225 Niagara Falls Boulevard. The boy had been rescued from the pool, and a motel guest had begun administering CPR while waiting for a Rural/Metro ambulance.

Fakhar Kashmiri, the owner of the motel, told police that he and his son jumped into the pool after seeing Johnny floating toward the bottom of the pool. The boy had been swimming with other children after a day of touring the falls.

The rescuers had been summoned by Johnny's cousin, Susie Oh, 15, who had been left to watch the children in the pool while the adults were in their room. She said Johnny was in the water and was having trouble breathing. The boy had been listed in a life-threatening condition Saturday and Sunday before being discharged.

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