Both boys are both under 10 years old and investigators believe one of them had jumped in to attempt to save the other, but both were unconscious when pulled out. Police said the older boy has regained consciousness and is expected to recover, while the younger boy is in critical condition at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. The boys were found in the deep end of the pool in about 6 feet of water and were likely under for several minutes, fire crews estimated.
Several residents told Fox 9 the in-ground pool at the Princeton Place apartments in the 400 block of Maryland Avenue West near Arundel Street has sat unused for about a decade and said that it fills with water each year.
St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said around 2:30, two of the paramedics jumped in the water, which was 9 feet at its deepest point, and along with firefighters, pulled the boys out of the water. It so murky, it was difficult to see the boys at all, he added.
"This definitely was a dangerous situation, that's evident by what happened here today. Why it was kept this way and who should have corrected it remains to be seen," Zaccard said.
Firefighters have completely drained the pool, which was still filled with trash and debris, and apartment staff reinforced the 5-foot fence. It's unclear whether the boys went over or under the fence.
Property owner Samir Adumayyaleh said he bought the property in August 2013 and was planning to fill in the pool and build a playground.