Clearfield lifeguard saves drowning toddler at public pool

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CLEARFIELD, Utah -- A Clearfield lifeguard is being called a hero after saving a drowning toddler Saturday.

The rescue occurred at the Clearfield Aquatic Center where a 3-year-old child was playing in the shallow-end of the pool when the boy slipped under.

“All of the other lifeguards sprang into action and assisted with the rescue and luckily everything went OK,” said Zak Knight, supervisor at the Clearfield Aquatic Center.

Knight said it was one of his female lifeguards that spotted the drowning toddler.

“He was pulled from the water and needed a couple rescue breaths and after that he became responsive and was understandably frightened, but was conscious and breathing when EMS arrived,” Knight said.

North Davis Fire Department responded after the rescue was made and commended the team of lifeguards for being on their toes to save the child’s life.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for children ages 1-5, which first responders say can be easily changed by better supervision.

“Yea never leave your child alone, even if there’s a lifeguard because it just takes seconds and the child can go to the bottom of the pool and you won’t be able to see it if the lifeguard is not always watching every square inch of that pool,” said Capt. Roger Montgomery with North Davis Fire.

14 comments

    • Bob

      The only option for those unsure of who are what they are is to identify themselves by what they aren’t.

  • jessica albritton

    You people are so critical you don’t even know what happened. So if you don’t know what happened don’t comment. And for everyone’s information the father it’s in his life.

  • jessica albritton

    And there are reasons why they don’t mention the parents names. Publicity reasons. And by the way I was paying attention to him and my two other kids too. He is only,29 lbs and got swept off his feet before I got to him also having my youngest in my hands. Before you people have comments think before what you say before you you say it..

    • Bob

      As unbelievable as it sounds It looks like Trish got it right. According to Zak Knight said it was one of his female lifeguards, and not the mother, that spotted the drowning toddler. As she stated: “a 3 year old shouldn’t need to be rescued by a lifeguard at a public pool”. That’s what mothers are for.

  • mocoman

    You are only reading what the media is saying. I know this person you are judging and persecuting. She is one of the best mothers I know. I’m not going to go in great detail but you both are wrong about her. Do you thing she needs to hear this from you blank blank. She almost lost her child. Would you like to hear this after this happened to you and your family? The Bible said, For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged. YOUR TURN. Another words you have just cursed your self!

    • Bob

      There is never an excuse for a lifeguard to have to save a 3-year old child at a public swimming pool. You watch your child like a hawk, and if you’re not there you make sure you can bet your child’s life on the person who takes them to the pool.

      By-the-way, MOCOMAN, are you judging me. Is the pot calling the kettle black? Hypocrite.

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