Off-Duty Hillsborough Deputy Saves 3 Year Old
The boy was found floating unconscious in a pool at an Indian Rocks Beach water park.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – An off-duty Hillsborough deputy saved a boy who nearly drowned Saturday (Aug. 13) at a water park in Indian Rocks Beach.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, which was called to the scene, said the near-drowning happened about 4:45 p.m. at Splash Harbor Water Park, 321 Second St. Deputies said 3-year-old Michael Andrews of St. Petersburg was found by a witness floating motionless under the water in the lazy river attraction.
Off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detention Deputy Habib Hanze, 28, was at the water park when he heard the witness calling for help. Hanze helped pull Michael out of the pool. He saw that Michael was unresponsive and not breathing so he immediately started CPR, which he continued until he had successfully resuscitated the child.
When paramedics arrived, they treated Michael at the scene. He was taken to All Children’s Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Pinellas deputies said the child’s mother, Janesha Simmons, had lost sight of him for six to seven minutes. She thought that Michael was being supervised by another family member at the water park. Deputies do not suspect foul play or negligence.
For information about the Pinellas sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
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