Lifeguard springs into action to save swimmer at Northland YMCA
Police and firefighters were called to the scene about 1 p.m. Police say a YMCA lifeguard performed CPR on the victim until emergency crews arrived. (Grady Reid/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Northland YMCA lifeguard sprung into action Tuesday afternoon to help a swimmer in distress.
Police and firefighters were called to the scene about 1 p.m. A YMCA spokesman said they believe the teen had cramps before he sunk to the bottom of the pool. YMCA lifeguards cleared the pool, pulled the man from the bottom and performed CPR on him because he wasn't responsive.
"Our lifeguards did what they're trained to do, they saved a life today," said John Mikos with the YMCA.
The YMCA said a 19-year-old victim started breathing and was conscious and responsive when emergency crews got there to take him to the hospital.
The YMCA is located on Northeast 47th Street between Vivion Road and Interstate 29.
A spokesperson said YMCA's lifeguards do drills every month to prepare for an emergency like Tuesday's.
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