Person pulled from retention pond at North Fort Myers construction site

Reporter: Tiffany Rizzo Writer: Carolina Guzman
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A person is in the hospital after being pulled out of a retention pond at a North Fort Myers construction site.

The person was immediately given CPR after being recovered by dive teams, Sunday night.

Rescuers responded to an artificial pond off Pondella Road and McNeill Road.

The patient was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.

After Hurricane Idalia’s floods near the pond, crews were worried about the underwater conditions.

The Battalion Chief with North Fort Myers Fire Rescue, Mark Westra, said the pond is deeper than it looks. He said it is about 20 to 30 feet deep in some parts, but kids are around the water often in the neighborhood.

North Fort Myers Fire Department outside the scene where a teen was pulled out of a pond. Credit: WINK

“It’s pretty common. This is an undeveloped neighborhood under construction, you know, they got this retention pond or bog dug in the middle of it,” said Westra, “and it’s pretty common for kids to play around the water, fish and swim in the ponds around here.”

The condition of the person rescued remains unknown.

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