Lifeguards Save Women during Pool Swim

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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As a lifeguard, Samantha Goy understands the importance of being prepared for an emergency — even if the situation is terrifying.

Samantha Goy the Saviour & Kugarany ‘Baba’ Sribalaharan the Survivor

Samantha Goy the Saviour & Kugarany ‘Baba’ Sribalaharan the Survivor

But those fears were cast aside this past December when Goy, 18, realized a swimmer at the Nashua YMCA was in trouble. Goy, along with her fellow lifeguard Brenna Connolly, quickly stepped into action when a woman lost consciousness while swimming laps in the pool.

Goy and Connolly were the guardian angels Kugarany ‘Baba’ Sribalaharan desperately needed that day when an undiscovered heart condition got the best of her and caused her to go into cardiac arrest while swimming.

Using CPR, Goy and Connolly were able to successfully revive Sribalaharan.

“My training just kicked in and instincts took over,” Goy said while attending an award ceremony Wednesday at Nashua High School South.

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Staff Save Swimmer at Sports Centre

Posted by cocreator on December 05, 2012
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Oshawa staff at the Legends Centre used a defibrillator to try to save a man in distress last week.

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According to reports, the man was swimming at the Legends Centre on Nov. 1 when he suffered what’s believed to be a heart attack.

Oshawa staff at the pool rushed to his aid, including using a defibrillator to try to save his life.

Paramedics took over once they arrived and the man was taken to hospital.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry confirmed the incident and said staff did a great job. Mayor Henry said he doesn’t know the patient’s status.

“We trained for this type of thing and we hope we never have to do it, but if we have to do it’s nice to have trained people there,” he said.

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Lifeguards Save Boy at County Pool

Posted by cocreator on August 03, 2012
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A lifeguard rescued a young boy at an Anne Arundel County pool Saturday.

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The boy’s body was found laying at the deep end of the Waugh Chapel Swim Club in Gambrills. The lifeguard saw him, pulled him from the water, and began CPR. A defibrillator was also used during the rescue.

The boy was breathing and conscious when he was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

According to the Connor Cares Foundation , the defibrillator used during Saturday’s rescue was the first one it ever donated. The foundation was created in 2006 after 5-year-old Conner Freed drowned underneath an empty lifeguard chair at a country club pool.

Since then, the group has donated defibrillators throughout Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.


Monique Ward’s 8-year-old son, Ervin, is recovering at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He was at a birthday party Saturday at the Waugh Chapel Swim Club in Gambrills when bystanders said he was near the slides in the deep end and went under. Ervin said he remembers very little.

“Water was getting into my mouth, and I kept trying to go over there, and I sank back down,” the boy told 11 News.

His mother said a lot of what happened is still vague, but she recalled standing around the pool talking with other parents when someone screamed that a child was in distress.

“I turned. A child had fallen into the water, so I ran over to where the child had fallen in and saw that it was my child that went into the water, which immediately put me into a state of panic,” Ward said.

“There was a lifeguard that was carrying a little boy. He was lifeless. He was just in bad shape,” witness Amy Davis said.

The swim club’s president said Ervin had no pulse and was not breathing, but a 20-year-old lifeguard named Mark and another woman training to be an EMT gave him CPR.

They also hooked him up to the automated external defibrillators. The machine indicated he didn’t need to be shocked and that he was alive.

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Lifeguards Save Teen after Pool Dive

Posted by cocreator on June 18, 2012
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Colton Boechler looks like many kids his age. The red-headed 11-year-old wears a black hoodie, skate shoes with bright blue laces and has a retainer. But a glimpse under his sweatshirt reveals a large white bandage over the left side of his chest as he arrives in the playroom at the B.C. Children’s Hospital with a pulse oximeter hooked up to his finger.

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Last Saturday, Colton was swimming at the University of B.C. Aquatic Centre when he went into cardiac arrest. Two quick-thinking lifeguards, Jane Bellett and Aaron Stryd, began performing two-person CPR after Bellett used an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Colton survived, and five days later, on Thursday at 7:45 a.m., he had a tiny defibrillator surgically implanted in his heart to prevent the same thing from happening again.

Asked how he was feeling just hours after the surgery, Colton responded like a typical kid: “Um, good.”

He was tired but grateful.

“I just want to say thank you Aaron and Jane for saving my life,” he said. “And the rest of the hospital.”

“There’s a good possibility we’ll be going home tomorrow,” said Colton’s dad, Kelly Boechler. “We’re optimistic. The surgery went well this morning. He’s recovering, as always, better than expected,” the father said, thanking in particular cardiologists Dr. Derek Human and Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi — who performed Thursday’s operation — and pediatric respirologist Dr. Michael Seear.

Colton’s is a familiar face around the hospital. He’s been a volunteer there since doctors there saved his life — the first time.

In 2007, he had the flu and the virus attacked his heart. He went into cardiac arrest, and then his lungs failed. He spent 100 days in B.C. Children’s Hospital. His recovery was hailed as a miracle, but the incident left him with an arrhythmia caused by the scar tissue on his heart. He didn’t know it, but he was at risk for another heart attack.

It happened after jumping off the three-metre high dive at the UBC pool. “I was doing a 360 spin. But then I came over to the edge and I was waving to my mom,” Colton said. He doesn’t remember sinking, his panicked mom pulling him out, or the lifeguards stepping in to re-start his heart. His mother Julie does.

“I just want to thank them for the love that they gave me and the support they gave me. [Bellett] put her arms around me and said she was there for me, she loved me and would look after me,” she said.

Because of the lifeguards’ quick response and the accessible AED, there’s been no loss of heart function and Colton’s CT and MRI scans have so far come back normal. He’s been eating a little, and went for a short walk in the hospital.

And now, with the built-in defibrillator, another heart arrhythmia should correct itself immediately.

“Obviously we were not expecting this in any way, shape or form. So to have the defibrillator in the pool was just an amazing thing. If this were to happen, it’s best for it to happen in a place like that because it got immediate attention,” said Colton’s dad.

“Obviously they did a great job because the outcome was fantastic. We couldn’t ask for a better outcome.”

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Lifeguards Save Elderly Swimmer

Posted by cocreator on December 17, 2011
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Six women entered the pool for the women’s 100 yard breaststroke at the Florida Senior Games.

Sylvia Eisele the Survivor

Their ages ranged from 75 to 86.

As two other swimmers who were not competing in the race watched from behind the starting block, their eyes locked on one of the competitors who gracefully swam from wall to wall.

“Look at lane 5,” one of them said. “Such a smooth stroke.”

Indeed, lane 5 was full of grace as Sylvia Eisele — who nearly died during a race two years ago — embarked on a memorable day.

In addition to her aquatic elegance, Eisele did make a really big splash on Saturday at Gandy Pool in Lakeland.

Following a two-year absence from competitive swimming, the 82-year-old from the Cypress Lake section of Fort Myers returned to the water in record-setting fashion.

As her husband, Nicholas, watched from the sidelines, Eisele competed in three races and set Florida Senior Games age group records in every one.

“It’s been a great day for her,” Nicholas proudly stated.

“I enjoy the water. I love the water,” Eisele said. “I should have been a fish, not a human being.”

For the past two years, Eisele was a fish out of water.

Two years ago, swimming and everything else in her life came to a sudden halt. Near the end of a long day at a Canadian national competition in Toronto — close to the couple’s home in Mississauga — Eisele suffered a heart incident during a race.

“Two arm lengths from the wall, I felt a pain in my head and I was gone,” she recalled. “I was sinking.”

“Her heart stopped,” said Nicholas.

After being pulled out of the water, lifeguards quickly went to work. One provided mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while the other grabbed a defibrillator.

“I was dead on the deck,” Eisele said. “They had to get a defibrillator to get my heart going.”

The prompt response saved Eisele’s life.

“We were so lucky that there was such good medical help available,” Nicholas said.

Her recuperation in a hospital lasted nine days.

Her absence from competitive swimming lasted two years.

“It’s been rough on her because she’s been a competitor all her life,” Nicholas said.

Before she arrived in North America more than a half-century ago, Eisele was an elite swimmer in her native Austria.

The competitive juices that flowed back then — be it in swimming, tennis, cycling or downhill skiing — are still present today in the pool.

“I like competition. I’m a very competitive person,” she said.

Eisele has been a fixture in the local swim scene since she and her husband moved to Fort Myers 25 years ago. She is a longtime member of the Swim Florida club program run by Mac Kennedy. Eisele still practices right next to the program’s young swimmers.

“Mac gives me a lane. He treats me very nicely,” she said.

Eisele, who has competed around the globe — from Australia to Brazil to Germany to New Zealand and has held world records in masters swimming — showed no signs of rust as she returned to the lanes for competition on Saturday.

Accompanied by a device that is implanted near her collarbone in order to make sure her heart beats the way it’s supposed to, Eisele set new age group records for the women’s 80-84 division in the 100 yard breastroke (2:02), 100 yard individual medley (2:02) and 50-yard breastroke (:53.50).

“She swims the 50 faster than I can walk it,” said Nicholas, 85.

On this day, the records didn’t carry quite as much significance for Eisele. Simply being back in the pool for competitive races was enough of a reward.

“I like to be active,” she said. “I like to do things to stay healthy, mentally and physically, that’s the key.”

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