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Usher thanks men who saved son's life

FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Usher has issued his first statement since his son nearly drowned at the singer's Northwest Atlanta home Monday.

"I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family's well-being," reads the statement posted on Usher's website

Usher V, 5, nearly drowned Monday when his arm got stuck in a pool drain. Usher was not home at the time.

Usher's aunt tried unsuccessfully to free the boy's arm. Two contractors working at Usher's home jumped into the pool, freed the boy and performed CPR.

"I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock," the statement reads.

"I'd especially like to thank the two men who saved my son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them."

Usher V is recovering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. He is expected to be OK.

The incident has re-ignited the custody dispute between the R&B singer and his ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond.

An emergency custody hearing has been scheduled for Friday in the Fulton County Courthouse.

Foster Raymond requested the hearing Tuesday claiming Usher is an absentee father.

Foster Raymond tweeted Thursday morning, "Im [sic] very happy this morning, my son is resting well... we had a SpongeBob marathon ALLL night, he wouldn't go to sleep! Thank u 4 the prayers."

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