ATLANTA, Ga. — Singer Usher Raymond’s 5-year-old son survived a serious swimming mishap at his Atlanta home Monday, police said Tuesday.
Five-year-old Usher Raymond V was swimming when his aunt and a housekeeper noticed he was stuck in the pool’s drain, according to the police report.
“I need an ambulance,” his aunt, Rena Oden, told an emergency operator in a call to 911. “My nephew was in the pool, and I couldn’t get him, I tried to get him.” A recording of the call was made public by police Tuesday.
The aunt, housekeeper and another woman were “unsuccessful in pulling the victim from the pool drain,” but two men who were installing sound equipment in the home rushed to help, the report said.
“They’re doing CPR on him now,” Oden told the operator. “Is he coming around? He’s breathing!”
Sound technician Eugene Stachurski rescued the child from the drain and used CPR to revive him on the side of the pool, the police report said.
About five minutes into the recording, Oden told the operator that paramedics had arrived at the home and had taken over.
The child was “conscious, alert and breathing” when the ambulance took him to a hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation, the police report said.
Usher won primary custody of his two sons with ex-wife Tameka Foster last year after a bitter child custody court fight. Foster accused the singer of being an absentee father.
“My son is OK, but I have no further comment at this time,” Foster told CNN Tuesday. She answered “I have no comment” when asked about media reports her lawyer had filed a motion for an emergency custody hearing because of the pool accident.
Usher’s former stepson — also Foster’s son — died in a watercraft accident on a north Georgia lake last year.