Lifeguards save swimmer at Jonesboro Pool Center

Lifeguards save swimmer at Jonesboro Pool Center
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Three lifeguards are being called heroes after they saved a swimmer over the weekend.

It was just a normal Saturday at the Jonesboro Pool Center for lifeguards Alexis Kapales, Brycen Thomas, and Shelby Corn.

"You have like the regulars who come every single day and he was one of our regulars," said Kapales.

The young man she's referring to was playing a game with a group of swimmers.

The swimmers were trying to see who could hold their breath under-water the longest when lifeguards noticed the boy wasn't coming up for air.

"The boy had passed out and had been at the bottom for honestly we're not for sure how long," said Kapales.

That's when the three jumped into action.

Brycen Thomas dove in to rescue the young man.

"I didn't panic," he said.  "I just, you know did what I was trained to do, jumped in, got him out."

Kapales and Corn then came to help him get the boy out of the pool.

"Adrenaline kicked in and everything we had trained for the whole time we had been a lifeguard kicked in," said Kapales.

They turned the young man on his side and checked his vital signs.

"We made quick decisions, we got him out, we did what we needed to do," said Corn.  "When we were holding him waiting for the firefighters to come in and take our spot, I was shaking like, 'Holy cow this just happened.'"

Fire officials said the boy's life was saved because of the lifeguard's quick work.

Now, the three plan to visit the swimmer who is still recovering at a Memphis hospital.

They said they simply want to let the young man know they care.

The lifeguards also want the public to know their kids are in good hands at the Jonesboro Pool Center.

"We'll treat their kids like they're our kids," Thomas said.

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