A 2-year-old boy likely would have perished late Saturday afternoon at Coast Guard Beach on St. Simons Island had it not been for the actions of two adults who were in the right place at the right time, according to a Glynn County Police report.
The toddler was unresponsive when an off-duty nurse pulled him from the water at about 5:30 p.m., according to the police report. The child apparently was in one of the large tidal pools at the beach when the nurse found him, according to police. High tide on St. Simons Island occurred at 7:36 p.m. Saturday.
The nurse, identified as Jessica Manger, brought the boy to the beach and began administering CPR, the report said. Coast Guard Beach lifeguard John Strockel assumed CPR duties at that point, continuing until the child began breathing again. Strockel is a member of Glynn County Recreation and Parks’ lifeguard patrol.
The little boy was clinging to the arms of Manger when Glynn County Police officer Cory Mallard arrived at the beach at 5:35 p.m. to a report of a drowning.
“I observed the child being held by the nurse who rescued him,” Mallard wrote in his report. “(The child) was still blue and was crying but was otherwise OK.”
Glynn County Fire Department paramedics transported the child to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick hospital for observation.
Manger told the officer she may have cracked one of the child’s ribs while giving chest compressions, the report said. While the police officer and the nurse were talking, a family member of the child collapsed and required medical assistance from paramedics, the report said.