We at Outsider like lifting up heroes and making sure they get the recognition they deserve. We know our Outsiders feel the same way. A high school football athletic trainer in Minnesota just became a hero on Friday night after saving the life of a local veteran.
A New Jersey teacher sprung into action this week as well, saving kids from an out-of-control SUV. Of course, our hearts are also with all of the firefighters battling to save towns that face total annihilation in the wake of the spreading wildfires.
One hero that perhaps doesn’t always get the recognition they deserve is the role of the lifeguard. In a dramatic rescue video surfacing, a lifeguard’s lighting-quick reaction saved a little boy from drowning in a pool. Keep reading to find out what happened.
WATCH as Lifeguard Saves a Life
With a record-breaking summer in terms of rising temperatures and heat advisories, what else is a family supposed to do other than cool off at the local pool? While wave pools are a tempting summer activity, they can also prove to be extremely dangerous, and at times, even fatal. The video you’re about to see shows just that.
A boy accidentally slips out of his inner tube and it’s very apparent that he doesn’t know how to swim. He starts flailing his arms and shouts can be heard calling for help. The lifeguard wastes no time and comes to save the boy after blowing their whistle to alert the crowd of a problem. They swim all the way to the boy at the other end of the pool and drag him to safety.
The video comes from the Lifeguard Rescue YouTube channel, which aims to recognize lifeguards as the heroes they really are. By sharing different videos of potential drownings, they also aim to educate the public about pool and water safety. Most of their videos involve close encounters with children, making the footage that much more heartbreaking, but important. Here’s one of the dramatic rescues:
Summer might be winding down, but there are still plenty of pool days left with these temperatures. For that reason, it might be smart to brush up on some water safety. The Stop Drowning Now blog lists drowning as the number one cause of death for children ages 1-4 yearly.
Actually, ten people drown every day for a total of 3,400 each year. They say “Although swimming lessons don’t necessarily prevent drowning and are not a substitute for adult supervision, it’s important to teach children to swim.” They are also strong advocates for life jackets. Like Smokey the Bear when he says “only you can prevent wildfires,” a lot of drowning incidents are equally as preventable.