PLYMOUTH (CBS) – A 3-year-old boy nearly drowned at Plymouth Beach on Wednesday, but a lifeguard and nurse helped save him.
Like all the lifeguards in Plymouth, Kaitlin Owen is trained in CPR, but when she got to the 3-year-old boy, she was relieved to see him breathing.
“When I got there, he had a pulse. He had just started breathing so we just monitored him. He started throwing up so we just turned him over,” said Kaitlin Owen, a Plymouth lifeguard.
The boy and his father were only in ankle-deep water, but still, the little boy fell and inhaled some of the water.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.
A second lifeguard came running to the scene.
“I grabbed the defibrillator and I ran towards the beach. My adrenaline was pumping and my blood was kicking and I was just excited and was ready,” said Walter Cicchetti, a Plymouth lifeguard.
The boy’s father was in the water with him, and the emergency room doctor who treated the youngster said
that was a very good thing.
“No kid should go in the water alone. Nobody should swim alone. If little kids are gonna be in the water, parents should probably be in the water with them, within arms’ reach,” Dr. Mark Tenerowicz of Jordan Hospital.
There were six lifeguards on duty on that section of beach where the child went under.
Plymouth has 22 lifeguards, and all of them are trained in CPR.
The 3-year-old will be OK.