The moment a young boy became trapped underwater after his leg became caught in a suction line in a waterpark lazy river was caught on surveillance video. In total, the 12-year-old boy spent more than nine minutes below the surface of the water while rescuers battled to set him free.
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The incident took place on March 19 at the Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Two boys were playing in the lazy river and removed a safety grate that covered the suction line.
The 12-year-old repeatedly dives underwater to explore the hole; then his leg became stuck inside a six-inch suction pipe.
The other boy called out for help, and multiple adults quickly jumped in the pool.
While the attempted to free the boy, one man performed underwater mouth-to-mouth, providing the boy with much-needed oxygen while he was trapped underwater.
Local police officers received a call of a possible drowning at approximately 9:30pm local time and discovered the boy “stuck underwater in what is believed to be the intake pump for the lazy river.”
Officers were able to remove the boy’s leg from the suction pipe.
They pulled him to the edge of the pool and began administering CPR, waiting for emergency services to arrive.
The boy was taken to an area hospital and, according to a report by the Daily Mail, survived the incident.