PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man remains hospitalized after lifeguards had to rescue him at the wave pool at Settlers Cabin Park on Sunday.

According to witnesses, the 25-year-old man was swimming with friends when he slipped below the waves.

Lifeguards jumped in and pulled him out, but he was unresponsive.

“One of the head guards and I’m not sure of her name, started working, doing CPR because they were I guess checking to see if he was breathing seeing if there was a pulse – the normal things that you do,” Michelle Szczerbriak said. “There was a nurse that I heard that was also around one of the people. I don’t know if it was one of the swimmers, but they didn’t work at the pool, said, ‘Make sure he has a pulse because if you’re going to use a defibrillator you have to make sure he has a pulse.’”

After performing CPR, lifeguards eventually got a pulse on the man.

“They started giving blows of air. They used a defibrillator and sure enough, eventually, he did do a gurgling kind of thing and saw that he was taking small breaths at the very end,” Szczerbriak said.

According to Allegheny County Police, the man was last listed in critical, but stable condition and is alert and conscious.

His name has not been released.


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