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Bystanders save man from pool drowning

BUFORD - Bystanders at a subdivision pool in Buford can be credited with saving a swimmer's life Sunday, an official said.

The swimmer, a man in his 40s who was not identified, became inexplicably distressed and sank in a pool at the Morgan's Crossing subdivision on Lake Seminole Drive. Bystanders and a lifeguard pulled the man from the bottom of the pool, and a paramedic instructor who lives in the neighborhood initiated life-saving measures, an official said.

Firefighters, who responded to the near-drowning at 5:18 p.m., found the man unconscious but breathing when they arrived, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

It was unclear how long he was in distress before he was rescued, Rutledge said.

Firefighters continued life support measures while transporting the victim to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. En route to the hospital, the man regained consciousness and was alert upon arrival, Rutledge said.

Rutledge was unable to provide an update on the man's condition Monday, citing federal patient privacy laws.