Lifeguard rescues child from Kedron pool
An alert lifeguard helped save the life of a 9-year-old girl who became incapacitated and fell underwater at the Kedron large pool Thursday afternoon.
The victim was reportedly in stable condition in intensive care at Scottish Rite children’s hospital following the incident, The Citizen has learned.
The lifeguard immediately left her stand after spotting the victim, getting the young girl out of the pool in seconds, said Kedron facility manager Scott McCord. CPR was then initiated while 911 was dialed to summon emergency medical crews, who took over when they arrived, he said.
The Kedron staff also used an AED on the victim, McCord said.
When paramedics arrived, the victim was breathing but unresponsive, said Peachtree City Fire Marshal David Williamson. The paramedics stabilized the victim and took her to a medical helicopter for transport to Atlanta, officials said.
A video of the incident showed that the victim became incapacitated somehow and the lifeguard noticed it right away, Williamson said.
“The staff at Kedron and USA Pools did a great job,” Williamson said. “The lifeguard was very observant and reacted immediately, removing the child from the water and beginning emergency procedures.”
From the time the call was dispatched, it took about five minutes for the first emergency medical unit to arrive, Williamson said.
There were two lifeguards on duty at the large Kedron pool at the time of the incident, McCord said.