On Monday, singer Usher Raymond's 5-year-old son, Usher Raymond V, almost became another tragic pool drain statistic.
The boy was playing in the pool with his aunt when his arm became caught in the pool's drain. His aunt, a nanny, and a housekeeper were unsuccessful in pulling the boy from the drain.
Sound technician Eugene Stachurski, who was installing AV equipment in the house, heard the women's screams and dived into the pool. Stachurski pulled the boy from the drain and performed CPR on him. CNN reports that the child was "conscious, alert and breathing" when an ambulance transported him to a hospital. He was kept overnight for observation.
"My son is OK, but I have no further comment at this time," the boy's mother Tameka Foster told CNN Tuesday. She answered "I have no comment" when asked about media reports that her lawyer filed an emergency injunction to remove her two sons from Usher's care on Tuesday.
Usher and Tameka were lucky. Their son was saved by a quick thinking contractor. But an inexpensive pool drain cover could have prevented the near-tragedy from happening.