Olympic swimmer saves boy

2011-01-21 07:12

Olympic swimmer Terence Parkin saved a seven-year-old from drowning after he reportedly got sucked in by a swimming pool vent at a Johannesburg gym.

The Star reported the boy’s arm got stuck in the vent around 4pm yesterday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said paramedics were called to the scene in Craighall Park to find that Parkin had already started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

“It is thought that the boy had been submerged for nearly three minutes and was unresponsive when plucked from the water,” Wicks said.

“They [paramedics] arrived to find that the boy had been pulled from the water by his swimming coach, Parkin.”

The boy was taken to the Garden City hospital and was in a stable condition.

Wicks said he could not confirm The Star report that the boy had been sucked in by the vent.

Parkin, who is deaf, won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics.

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