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UPDATE: Mother triggered son's rescue at pool


The pool manager at the Rothschild-Schofield Aquatic Center says a mother's yelling tipped off lifeguards that a four-year-old Wausau boy was in trouble and could be drowning.

Amy Walls said Tuesday that the yelling triggered a life guard to jump into the four-foot deep water, rescue the boy and get the needed help to revive him with CPR.

There were never any visible signs – screams by the boy and waving of his hands – to indicate to lifeguards the boy needed assistance, Walls said.

The incident happened Saturday.

According to Walls, the boy was by himself in the pool and wandered into water over his head, probably by "tippy-towing." He was on his stomach and then on his back before his mother realized he was in water over his head.

That's when she yelled, triggering the rescue, Walls said.

“He was never under the water. He had never left the surface of the water,” Walls said. “Your lungs can fill with water just as easily from the surface.”

The boy was conscious when he was pulled from the water but became impassive and CPR was administered, she said.

“By the time they did the fourth round of CPR, he was throwing up water,” Walls said.

Walls said on a typical, busy day at the pool, lifeguards will do three or four “saves” of swimmers who get in trouble in water that's too deep for them.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, there is an indication that the person is struggling,” she said.


Trevor Peck was on duty when two whistles were blown. That means someone's in trouble at the Rothschild-Schofield Aquatic Center.

He told us he saw a four-year-old boy underwater.

"I checked to see if he was breathing, he wasn't," said Anna Grim. "I couldn't find a pulse."

Grim was the first guard in the water. She pulled the boy from the pool and started chest compressions.

"The first second you see him, and his lips are turning blue, it's just like pure panic," said Grim. "But then you bring it together."

Peck quickly rushed over to help.

"I grabbed the CPR mask and began CPR breathing and we both, together, revived the child," he said.

After several rounds of CPR, the boy was still unresponsive.

"We did it again," said Grim. "Another 30 chest compressions, and then he started coughing up water. It was just the best feeling ever."

First responders arrived moments later to take the child to the hospital.

Rothschild police officers said the two lifeguards are heroes.

"We did what we were trained to do," said Grim.

"I'm not a hero," said Peck. "I'm just doing my job."

Both lifeguards are college students in their early 20s. They told us it was their first time performing CPR outside of a classroom.

"It was a little hard falling asleep," said Peck. "Kind of just kept replaying everything over in my mind. Just extremely thankful that we were prepared and we saved the kids life."

The two are already back on duty. Ready, in case they hear two whistles again.

The boy's name has not been released, but Rothschild police say he's doing OK.

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