Lifeguards at Lake St. Clair Metropark perform CPR to save a woman from nearly drowning

HARRISON TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - It started out like a typical day at the beach with people enjoying the warm weather, until the atmosphere quickly changed at the park's pool when it turned into a life or death situation.

"They seen her hunched over like floating and she like turned around and they just seen a lifeless body in the pool," said Angel Preni.  Preni had been tanning nearby when he first noticed the woman floating face down in the water and the man picking her up to help her.

Police said the woman is in her 30s and she was swimming in about four feet of water when someone spotted her in trouble.

"I just see her floating and the guy grabbing her and putting her on top of the concrete by the pool," said Preni.

The park's lifeguards then jumped into action to save her life.

"They started performing CPR.  The police came.  They came and whipped out some machine and put it over her face," said Preni.

When paramedics got there the woman was not breathing and had no pulse.

"Then the EMS came and they put the patches on her and they were shocking her to get her heart going and they put her on the stretcher," said Preni.

People were praying as paramedics took her to the hospital.

"Just like standing around, doing the sign of the cross, stuff like that," said Albert Preni who had been at the pool.

When they got to woman to the hospital, paramedics tell us she had a pulse and was fighting for her life in the ICU. They credit her recovery to the quick thinking of the teenage lifeguards at the pool.

"My hats off to them for what they did and getting this young lady stabilized and hopefully there is a good outcome," said Chief George Phifer with the Metroparks Police.  He commended the lifeguards for using their training and quick thinking.

The pool will be open tomorrow.  Meanwhile, everyone keeps hoping for the best for the woman who at last check was at the hospital.  Police said they believe the woman had been at the pool with family members. 

They are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.

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