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Hagerstown teen saved by Greenbrier State Park lifeguards

Hagerstown teen saved by Greenbrier State Park lifeguards

Boonsboro, MD: Rookie Lifeguard Ethan Dewitt rescued a Hagerstown youth after seeing the teen struggling while swimming in the lake at Greenbrier State Park on Friday, September 2.
Dewitt saw the 14-year-old victim in deep water beyond the designated swimming area and alertly noticed that the boy appeared to be having trouble staying afloat. He sounded his whistle to alert the other guards on duty and entered the water. Dewitt found the boy submerged in about six feet of water and brought him to the surface where he was assisted by lifeguard Billy McGarity, who had responded to the whistle alert. Together, they brought the victim to shore.
Ranger Zach Norris and lifeguard Laura Cooper met them at the lake's shore with oxygen and other first aid equipment. The victim soon began breathing on his own. An ambulance from the Boonsboro Volunteer Rescue Squad responded. After a thorough examination, the victim was released.
Greenbrier State Park is a 1,536-acre State Park near Boonsboro Maryland. The park features a 50-acre lake with 1,000 feet of sandy beach and a guarded swim area. 17 lifeguards make up the team that guards the beach seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park hosts about 300,000 visitors each summer.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com

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