Lifeguards save child from near drowning at Kingsport Aquatic Center

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Two lifeguards are being called heroes after saving a little boy from drowning Thursday afternoon.

According to Kingsport Fire Department’s Barry Brickey , a lifeguard noticed a child in the lazy river at the facility and rescued the child from the water.

Brickey said when the child was pulled from the water he had no pulse.

The lifeguard who rescued the child from the water is Noah Rutherford. Rutherford and his supervisor Charlotte Reasor then performed CPR and were able to revive the child.

Witnesses said it was a very scary situation.

“They worked very hard doing CPR and thankfully when they were finished, the little boy had a pulse he was breathing,” said witness Sheri Perkins.

When KFD crews arrived they administered aid and the child was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment by Sullivan County EMS. The child was said to be alert and OK.

“We are grateful for the lifeguards and the training they receive at the Aquatic Center,” Brickey said in a news release Thursday. “Noah’s quick action provided the best possible outcome to today’s incident. Congratulations to Noah, Charlotte and the whole Aquatic Center Staff for their great work.”

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