A lifeguard rescued a 13-year-old boy from the Memorial Park pool Thursday afternoon after the boy jumped into the deep end, hit his head and lost consciousness.
The boy dove off the diving board to retrieve a pair of shorts at about 1:50 p.m., said Doc Dougherty, director of the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Department.
The boy struck his head and blacked out, Dougherty said.
Richmond Brown, a lifeguard, said he was helping a woman get out of the pool when he heard people screaming and pointing to the bottom of the pool. He saw a boy who wasn’t moving.
Brown and a bystander dove in to rescue him, Dougherty said. Brown pulled the boy out and performed three chest compressions. The boy regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The boy, whose name was not released by Dougherty, appeared to be OK, he said.
He wasn’t underwater for long.
“It all happened in seconds,” Dougherty said.
Late Thursday afternoon, what appeared to be a pair of shorts remained at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, which is near Eisenhower Parkway and Felton Avenue in Macon.
The pool was closed for about an hour and a half while officials investigated the near-drowning.
Dougherty said lifeguards followed all procedures Thursday.
“It a good wake-up call for all the guards and parents at swimming pools to stay vigilant,” he said.
The incident occurred less than a week after city pools opened Saturday for the season.
Brown said Thursday’s rescue was his first and that he was glad to be able to help save a life.
“It’s what I’m trained to do,” he said.
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