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Lifeguard saves 20-month-old at Sandbar Beach in South Glens Falls | Local | poststar.com

Posted by | August 16, 2018 | Lifeguards, Open Water Lifeguards, Water Rescue, Water Safety

A Sandbar Beach lifeguard was recognized Tuesday night for rescuing a 20-month-old boy at the beach in July in South Glens Falls. Post-Star file photo

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — A toddler nearly drowned at Sandbar Beach last month, but was rescued just in time by a lifeguard. The incident happened July 21, just after 3 p.m. A boy, 20 months old, was playing in the water with his mother.Lifeguard Sabrina Quintois, 19, had suggested that the boy wear a life jacket or puddle jumper. But his mother said he could swim — an unlikely feat at his age. Sure enough, as Quintois scanned the water for any signs of distress, she saw him slip under and not come back up. She blew her whistle and dove in. On the other side of the beach, another lifeguard saw the same thing and also ran for the water. Before he could get there, Quintois had reached the boy and lifted him out of the water. His mother was standing nearby but hadn’t realized the danger. “The child was not coughing or breathing,” said Supervisor Todd Kusnierz, reading from the report Quintois wrote. She administered three back blows in an attempt to restore breathing, since his heart was still beating.   READ MORE….

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