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Men rescue boy from river

July 16, 2005|by HEATHER KEELS

heatherk@herald-mail.com

A 16-year-old boy was taken to Washington County Hospital Friday night after he went into cardiac arrest in the Potomac River and was rescued by two fishermen.

Park police said they did not know the boy's last name or where he was from, but thought he might have been camping at the Antietam Creek Campground at the C&O Canal, near where he was rescued.

Boy Scouts camping at the site said they didn't think he had been camping and thought he said he was from Hagerstown.

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His condition was unknown as of Friday night.

The rescuers, two men from Martinsburg, W.Va., were walking down to the water to go fishing around 8:30 p.m. when they heard someone yelling for help. They pulled the boy from the water and began administering CPR.

A Sharpsburg ambulance arrived within about 15 minutes and took the boy to Washington County Hospital, said Nelson Myers Jr., 39, one of the rescuers.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said the boy was under water for about two minutes and was pulled out by his friends in a state of cardiac arrest. Witnesses said his sister went with him to the hospital.

"The only thing I could think was to do CPR 'til the ambulance got here and hope to God he survived," Myers said.

Robert Clark, 32, a former lifeguard, was the one who administered CPR.

"I'm just glad he lived," Clark said. "At least the kid'll be able to see his 17th birthday."

National Park Police Officer Ray Harner said it was lucky the fishermen were passing by.

"These guys are real-life heroes, no doubt about it," he said.

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