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Hagerstown Teen Rescued By Lifeguards At Greenbrier State Park


Boonsboro, Md. (September 6, 2011) — Rookie Lifeguard Ethan Dewitt rescued a Hagerstown teen after seeing him struggle while swimming in the lake at Greenbrier State Park on Friday, September 2. Once on shore, lifeguard Billy McGarity, ranger Zach Norris and lifeguard Laura Cooper also assisted Dewitt in helping the victim.

Dewitt saw the 14-year-old victim in deep water beyond the designated swimming area and alertly noticed tha the appeared to be having trouble staying afloat. He sounded his whistle to alert the other guards on duty and entered the water. Dewitt found the boy submerged in about six feet of water and brought him to the surface where he was assisted by lifeguard Billy McGarity, who had responded to the whistle alert. Together, they brought the victim to shore.

Ranger Zach Norris and lifeguard Laura Cooper met them at the lake’s shore with oxygen and other first aid equipment. The victim soon began breathing on his own. An ambulance from the Boonsboro Volunteer Rescue Squad responded. After a thorough examination, the victim was released.

Greenbrier State Park is a 1,536 acre State Park near Boonsboro Maryland. The park features a 50 acre lake with 1,000 feet of sandy beach and a guarded swim area. 17 lifeguards make up the team that guards the beach seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park hosts about 300,000 visitors each summer.

   September 6, 2011

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