NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A boy sinks to the bottom of a crowded North Fort Myers pool and stays there for nearly five minutes while nobody above the water notices. A North Fort Myers man is being called a hero after he dove in and pulled the four-year-old to safety.
To view the rescue of the boy, click here.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon at a pool in Lochmoor Villas. As our partners at the News-Press first reported, about a dozen people were swimming, completely oblivious, while a little boy lay lifeless at the bottom of the pool.
Leslie Snyder literally jumped into action after he saw four-year-old Chad Moreland lying at the bottom of the pool at his condo complex
"You could see the shape of a small little boy at the bottom," Snyder said. "I couldn't dive because of my neck, but I stepped off the pool and got him to the surface and started C.P.R."
As the surveillance video shows, more than five minutes before little chad was playing on an innertube when he slipped out and started to drown.
The video is hard to watch, but you can see the boy splashing, trying to keep his head above water. Seconds later, he sinks to the bottom.
For four minutes and forty seconds Chad lay at the bottom of the pool.
"People were jumping on top of him. Swimming over him. No one noticed anything," Snyder said.
Finally, Snyder's little girl spots Chad then runs to get Snyder who immediately jumped into the water.
"C.P.R. started within three seconds and everything around me disappeared. It was just me and him," Snyder said.
For more than five minutes, Snyder performed C.P.R. on Chad.
"I just told him I'm not going to let you go. I'm here with you man," Snyder said.
Finally, the little boy spit up water and started to breath. Paramedics arrived and took him to Health Park.
He was discharged yesterday with no long term injuries.
Doris Henry is Chad's grandmother.
"He's real good. He's back to his normal activities," Henry said.
Today she took him to meet Snyder, his hero.
"Hey Chad! Give me a hug. How are you feeling?" Snyder said.
Chad's shy so he doesn't say much, but as he played outside his smile spoke volumes.
The video shows Chad's family friends did not notice he was missing. Even though this was an accident, his grandmother hopes this serves as a reminder for people to keep an eye on kids at all times when they're playing around the pool.