LAKEWOOD, Ohio- It started out as a day of fun in the sunshine at the Charles A. Foster pool in Lakewood last Thursday.
But things quickly turned dangerous in only a matter of minutes.
Lifeguard Jack Viglianco, 15, tells, “I hear like a assist, ah, kind of thing. And I seemed over and I saw a guy who’s likely like 3’6′, in the 4-foot water and gasp for air.”
The victim was actually a four-year-old boy at the pond for a summer camp field trip.
Viglianco says the young son was bobbing up and down, screaming for help.
Not merely was it Jack’s first day on the job, it was only 20 minutes into his shifting, when he had to set the lifesaving abilities he had just learned to the test.
“Active drowners can still inhale, and they’re still above water, but they continue to in the act of drowning, told Viglianco.
Lakewood aquatics manager Matt Demaline said, “Jack activated our emergency response plan. He get down off the chair and jumped in and helped the child to security. He had just completed also a five-hour orientation the day before for all of our new and returning staff and we were ready to go, day one.”
Lakewoods aquatics department says the scary scene proved to be the perfect reminder to parents and caregivers about security at the poolknowing things can drastically take a turn for the worse in the blink of an eye.
“Never let them out of your sight. That’s what I do with her , no matter where we’re at or where we go, she can’t go where I can’t watch her, told grandmother Eileen McCray.
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