The swimmer, a man in his 40s, was taking a break from laps in the pool at the West Perkins Avenue facility, but was still in the water when he started to become incoherent, YMCA director Steve Snider said.
The victim’s friend stepped in to help him, prompting a fitness instructor and a lifeguard to rush over. After pulling the man from the pool, they checked for vital signs and found none, Snider said. They started CPR while other staff fetched a defibrillator.
“He had to be revived and was resuscitated,” Snider said.
Sandusky paramedics took the man to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment. In addition to the trained staff, members of the YMCA — including a registered nurse and a paramedic — assisted in the rescue.
“We’re very fortunate and very blessed,” Snider said. “All that happened just like clockwork.”
“Having bystanders available who can react and use the proper equipment and CPR, it certainly gives the victim so much more opportunity for survival,” Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci said. “It’s so important to get those first few minutes.”
Defibrillators are available at various businesses in the community for such situations. When Snider heard the emergency call, he thought it would be an older member participating in the aerobics class next door to the lap pool.
This victim, however, was in his 40s and he was in excellent condition, Snider said, declining to provide the man’s name. Sandusky firefighters also refused to provide the man’s name, citing federal privacy rules governing personal medical information.