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Lifeguards, bystanders credited with pulling man from pool

March 31, 2015

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Police in Lowell say swift action by two lifeguards and a pair of bystanders saved a man from drowning at the Greater Lowell YMCA pool.

Police spokesman Capt. Thomas Kennedy says lifeguard Janavi Patel alerted colleagues and dived into the pool after she saw a man motionless at the bottom Sunday morning.

Kennedy says Patel managed to bring the much-larger man to the surface. Fellow lifeguard Dominique Rivera and bystanders Jessica Dodge and Philip Dion helped pull the unidentified victim out of the water, and the two lifeguards performed CPR.

Officers said the man began to cough and breathe on his own. He was taken to Lowell General Hospital for treatment and was released a few hours later.

Kennedy credited all four on Tuesday with saving the man’s life.

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