Man Saved in Near-Drowning at Great Mills Pool

January 23, 2013

Southern Maryland Drowning 1248At 5:40 pm, on Monday January 21, an alert went out for a possible drowning at the Great Mills Swimming Pool, located at 21100 Great Mills Road. Off duty Sheriff’s Deputies were the first to arrive on the scene, followed by two volunteer firefighters, who came from their nearby residence. The first responders arrived to discover the elderly male lying unconscious on the concrete next to the pool.

The police and firefighters worked together to give the patient CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until rescue workers and medics arrived. Rescue workers continued CPR and tried numerous times to revive the patient using a defibrillator.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital and later transferred to an area trauma center, where his condition is unknown at this time.


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13 Responses to Man Saved in Near-Drowning at Great Mills Pool

  1. Anonymous on January 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Where were the lifeguards?

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      At the pool would be my guess.

    • YA BOY on January 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      They probably got him out of the pool…SMH

    • EMT on January 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I was one of the EMTs who responded to this call. The lifeguard on duty was actually the one who pulled him out of the pool and started CPR. The lifeguard administered two shocks with the AED at the pool. That minute before our ambulance arrived probably saved the patient’s life. Without that lifeguard, the man would be dead.

      Learn your CPR people. CPR and AEDs make a world of difference in these sorts of situations.

      • EMT on January 25, 2013 at 7:25 am

        So were you there when the lifeguard did this or were you on the ambulance? You sound like you were in two places at once

      • anonimous on January 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        i heard a man who was swimming next to the man who drowned actually was how the lifeguard noticed him to save him

  2. Anonymous on January 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Well if he was transferred that means he’s alive, good work guys!

  3. Anonymous on January 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Great job guys! It’s not everyday that we can say we got a save but I’m happy that this one turned out that way! Prayers to him and his family, I hope he can fully recover!

  4. Sad on January 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Aint the pool close for the winter?

  5. Leslye on January 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Why would the guy be in a pool in 25 degree weather???

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      The great mills pool is a heated pool with a fabric enclosure… my prayers to the survived man and his family. Obviously a good job by the lifeguards at some point.

  6. Anonymous on January 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm


  7. GreatJob on January 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    i dont mean to be mean but I had a child’s birthday party at this same enclosed pool and the lifeguards seemed unconcerned about everything going on around this public pool. The kids ran around and the lifeguards did nothing. It seemed as though that their minds were on other things other than being ALERT or much less than saving a life. That was my experience…..I just hope that this man was saved and that there are no conditions let over from this trauma….Great job lifeguards and first responders!!