Child saved from near-drowning

Boy expected to return to camp today

By Melody Vallieu -

MONROE TOWNSHIP — A quick-reacting lifeguard saved the life of a 6-year-old boy Monday at the Robinson branch of the Miami County YMCA..

According to Donn Craig, executive director of the Robinson branch, the child was resuscitated after he drifted into deeper water from the shallow end and went under.

The 16-year-old male lifeguard noticed the child and jumped in, said Craig, who said they believe the child was underwater at the bottom of the pool for approximately 10 seconds.

Craig said the child was not conscious at first, but compressions and CPR were administered by the lifeguard and the child started breathing again.

The child’s father came to the YMCA at 3060 S. County Road 25-A and accompanied his son to the hospital.

The child, who was part of a group of about 15 day campers up to age 12, was speaking to staff about 30 seconds after being revived,” Craig said.

Craig said a second certified lifeguard, along with four or five day camp staffers, were there at the time of the incident.

Craig said he is extremely proud of the young man who followed his training.

“I’m extremely impressed with the lifeguard. He was actively scanning the pool like he was trained,” Craig said. “He performed compressions and CPR and saved the boy’s life.”

Craig said he spoke to the child’s father on Wednesday afternoon and the child is going to make a full recovery.

“He’s expected to be back to day camp (today),” Craig said.

Boy expected to return to camp today

By Melody Vallieu

Reach Melody Vallieu at (937) 552-2131.

Reach Melody Vallieu at (937) 552-2131.