Reported drowning a false alarm at Minneapolis' new Webber pool

The Hennepin County sheriff's office confirmed reports of a drowning child at Minneapolis' freshly-opened Webber Natural Swimming Pool was a "false alarm" on Saturday.

The pool was jam-packed on Saturday, and a lifeguard reportedly saw two children jump in the water from a swim platform and only saw one surface. Minneapolis police and fire crews along with Hennepin County sheriff's officials were called to the reported drowning around 5:15 p.m. Dive crews combed the pool and cleared the scene about an hour and a half later, and the child in question had apparently made it out of the water safely. Because of its murkiness, dive crews treated the pool as they would treat a lake search.

The first-of-its-kind natural pool, located at 4300 Webber Parkway in the city's north side, first opened to the public on Friday. The pool is chemical-free and functions through a natural filtration system that uses plants, granite and limestone, replacing a typical chlorine filtration system.

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