(CMR) A number of Good Samaritans came to the rescue of a drowning child on Wednesday evening in West Bay saving his life according to eyewitnesses. Their assistance was critical before the arrival of paramedics who then took over upon arrival. One eyewitness informed CMR that one man, in particular, needed to be applauded for heroic efforts in performing CPR.
Police reports are that at about 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 6 January, officers of the RCIPS and EMS staff responded to a report of a person in distress on the beach near the intersection of Mary Mollie Hydes Road and West Bay Road, West Bay.
A juvenile male had begun experiencing difficulties while in the water and fell unconscious. He was taken from the water by persons nearby, who conducted CPR until the arrival of Emergency Medical Services. He was then transported by ambulance to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he regained consciousness and remains in stable condition.
The RCIPS highly commends the members of the public at the scene who quickly came to the assistance of the child and performed CPR, which helped ensure that this incident did not have a tragic outcome.
The matter is currently under investigation by the police.
Additionally, CMR eyewitnesses shared that the mother was close by fishing when she was approached by her daughter to say that the young boy was in some sort of distress.