Bystanders save man from drowning in pool

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 20-year-old man owes his life to quick-thinking good Samaritans who pulled him from a neighborhood pool Sunday evening and brought him back to life, an official said.

The man, who Fire Department officials did not identify, nearly drowned at a shallow community pool in the Little Suwanee Pointe subdivision, said Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Stoney Polite.

Bystanders at the pool said the man could have dived into a too-shallow section of the pool and knocked himself unconscious. Friends estimated he'd been under water three to five minutes before a bystander noticed him, pulled him out and resuscitated him with CPR, Polite said.

"CPR was in progress when we got there," said Polite. "They definitely got him out and knew what to do."

The man resumed breathing as EMS personnel transported him to Gwinnett Medical Center. He's expected to recover, Polite said.

"He probably owes his life to the people that were there," Polite said. "They acted quickly, did some good things and helped us out."

Polite was unsure if the hospitalized man was a resident of the subdivision, which is located off Old Peachtree Road near Suwanee.

The pool area was unoccupied Monday afternoon, save for a construction worker cooling off in the shade during a lunch break. Nobody answered the door at a nearby office.