BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Two 17-year-old lifeguards who will be seniors this fall at Ridge High School teamed up to rescue and revive a five-year-old who had sunk in the main pool at The Hills complex recently _ and were commended on Tuesday night for saving the boy.
Annie Page and Nicoletta Agostino, both rising seniors at Ridge, were presented with a resolution approved by the Bernards Township Committee at Tuesday's meeting.
Both lifeguards were on duty at the Hansom Road pool in The Hills on June 29, when Annie said that the boy's dad alerted her that the child was in distress in the 4-foot depth section of the pool.
"I jumped in," Annie said in describing the incident.
After Annie said they pulled the unconscious boy out of the pool, Nicoletta _ who had learned CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as part of her lifeguard training but had never put it into practice in a real-life setting, took over.
Nicoletta said the boy's father had first tried to revive the child before she performed CPR for a few cycles. The boy regained consciousness "and has since made a full recovery," the resolution said.
"It wasn't hard," Nicoletta said of her role, but added it was a little scary to be putting the CPR into practice for the first time.
"The joint lifesaving actions taken by the team of lifeguard’s present lead to a successful and happy outcome," the Township Committee's resolution stated.
"We (the Township Committee) hereby recognize and thank Annie, Nicoletta, and the entire Signal Point Pool staff on duty that day as their response saved the life of this young child," the resolution stated.
[Update] Although the resolution said that the rescue occurred at the Signal Point Pool, the lifeguards later said that it had occurred at The Hills' main pool off Hansom Road.