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Elderly man revived after being pulled from Sonoma pool

An elderly man found floating in a pool of a Sonoma motel was rescued Wednesday after guests pulled him out of the water and firefighters got him breathing again.

"The guests did a great job," said Bob Norrbom, division chief for the Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority.

The man, whose identity was not immediately available, was pulled from the pool at El Pueblo Inn in Sonoma shortly after 5 p.m. Guests determined the man still had a pulse, but wasn't breathing, Norrbom said.

The guests gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and once firefighters arrived they were able to get him breathing again, Norrbom said. The man, who was estimated to be about 80 years old, was taken to Sonoma Valley Hospital where he was reportedly breathing on his own Wednesday evening, he said.

The incident highlights the importance of people knowing and being willing to use CPR, Norrbom said.

"Practice CPR because it works, and it definitely did here," he said.


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