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Child saved from drowning back at home

BERNARDSTON — A team effort saved the life of a 6-year-old boy at a local summer workshop program.

At about 2:30 p.m. Monday, the boy jumped into the pool at Meadow Edge Art and didn’t come back up.

Lifeguard Hayley Black, 18, of Montague, jumped in after him and took him out of the pool before beginning CPR. She had some help from Warwick junior firefighter Eaden Marti, 14, who ran to get help before returning to assist in CPR.

Eventually, the boy coughed, spat up some water and began breathing on his own. Emergency medical technicians arrived shortly thereafter, gave the boy some oxygen and took him to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to Cynthia Fulton, who runs Meadow Edge.

Her husband said Meadow Edge always has a certified lifeguard on hand to watch the pool, and Black and Marti were both poolside to supervise swimmers when the boy nearly drowned.

“He just turned 6 (on) Sunday, and had a swimming lesson earlier in the afternoon, where he was swimming along like a little champion” said Rawn Fulton. “Hayley was watching him closely because he’s a new swimmer.”

Despite the swimming lesson and close attention, accidents happen.

“He still doesn’t know why he sank,” Rawn Fulton said.

Fulton said the boy’s father called him from the hospital Monday to say his son was doing much better. Tuesday morning, Fulton said, the father called again.

“The boy is at home today, doing wonderfully,” Fulton said Tuesday. “We are heartily grateful for that.”

The program has held winter and summer art workshops for about eight years, and Cynthia Fulton said accidents rarely happen.

“We’ve been functioning for eight years and have never had anything worse than a skinned knee,” she said.

“The safety of the children at our program is paramount,” said Rawn Fulton. “We have proper training for our staff and they rose to the occasion Monday.”

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 On Twitter, follow @RecorderRain

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