Lifeguards At Bethesda Pool Rescue Near-Drowning Swimmer

by Aaron Kraut — May 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm 515 6 Comments

MCFRSA pair of lifeguards used their CPR skills to rescue a 12-year-old boy from drowning in a local pool on Wednesday, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.

MCFRS was dispatched to the Little Falls Swim Club (5001 Little Falls Dr.) at about 4:43 p.m. on Wednesday for the report of a drowning, spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt said. When they arrived, they found the lifeguards pulled the boy out from the bottom of the deep end of the pool, which is about 12 feet deep, and that he was unresponsive and not breathing.

The lifeguards immediately began doing CPR on the boy and he regained consciousness, Nesselt said.

He was stable and alert during transport by MCFRS to a pediatric medical facility.

The incident highlights the importance of pool safety as pool season begins. There are about 3,500 unintentional, non-boating related drownings per year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most involve children. Last summer, a 7-year-old girl at the River Falls Community Center pool in Potomac nearly drowned.

Montgomery County Police are investigating a drowning in which a 15-year-old Laurel male was found dead at the Rocky Gorge Reservoir, straddling Montgomery and Howard Counties.

  • Harvey

    3,500 “unintentional” drownings? How may of the other kind?

    • MechanicalTurk

      I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully it is far less.

  • Lauren

    I was there when it happened not kidding- it was really scary

  • lisalon

    The work of these lifegaurds is so important, however we are often entrusting high school aged kids who have never before had a job with the lives of swimmers and often young swimmers at that. It’s great to see that they were able to rescue the boy, however swimmers and their parents should exercise more discretion and personal responsibility to prevent more near accidental drownings from happening.

  • Mary Hamm

    as the proud mother of Colleen hamm — who administered the CPR– I can attest to the fact that she is a trained EMT volunteer and has ridden on many ambulance rescue trips in her college years.

    • donna

      You should be proud of her! And we should all be thankful that she was at the pool to help.


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