POOL STAFF   Dimitri Rodriquez, lifeguard, and Anna Cruz, pool manager, worked as a team to revive a 17-year-old boy who had become unconscious in the water on Thursday, June 28, at Lamesa Municipal Pool. That life-saving action by pool staff was the second time in a one-week period.   (LPR Photo by Benjamin Hettick)
POOL STAFF Dimitri Rodriquez, lifeguard, and Anna Cruz, pool manager, worked as a team to revive a 17-year-old boy who had become unconscious in the water on Thursday, June 28, at Lamesa Municipal Pool. That life-saving action by pool staff was the second time in a one-week period. (LPR Photo by Benjamin Hettick)

    Lamesa Municipal Pool manager Anna Cruz revived another unconscious swimmer on Thursday, June 28, after he nearly drowned.
    The teenager was the second minor to be resuscitated at the Municipal Pool in a one-week period.
    “Him and the other kids were holding their breath and swimming under water, trying to get to the other side of the wall,” Dimitri Rodriquez, the lifeguard on duty, said. “He made it pretty far, he almost made it to the side. When he came up, he was good, and I guess he blacked out and he went under.”
    Cruz said the boy’s brother saw him lose consciousness and hoisted him out of the water with the help of the pool’s staff.
    Cruz was inside the pool’s snack bar when two of the lifeguard’s whistles alerted her to the situation.
    “Before they got to the third (whistle), the kid was passed out in the water by the edge, so I went over, grabbed the kid, and pulled him out completely,” Cruz said.
    She saw that the teenager’s face was “pretty purple,” so Cruz began performing the compressions and ventilations for CPR.
    “It took me a while, but I finally got all the water out and he was awake. I had EMS called over here and pick him up and they took him to the emergency room,” Cruz said.
    Rodriquez and Cruz estimated the boy was about 16 or 17 years old, but he did not tell them his name.
    “He was up, and didn’t talk until EMS got here because I think he was a little scared. But, they got him going, so he was good, he was OK,” Cruz said.

 

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