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12-year-old tried to save drowning victim

SUWANEE -- The 7-year-old child who drowned in a Suwanee pool Monday had an unlikely would-be savior -- a 12-year-old stranger.

It was Chandler Corrick, a Hull Middle School student, who first discovered the boy on the bottom of the complex pool at the Amli at McGinnis Ferry apartments, shouting for help and attempting to get him out of the pool.

"I went under and had my goggles on, and he was down on his knees with his head on the ground," said Corrick, who was visiting a friend at the pool.

"I was just like is something wrong? So I swam up to him and I poked him and he didn't move. I picked him up, and he wasn't moving. So I pushed up to the top of the pool and was like, 'Help, help, he's drowning, call 911.'"

Corrick then watched and helped as another Good Samaritan gave the child CPR before emergency personnel arrived.

The drowned child, identified Tuesday as Daniel Ha Min Byoun of Lawrenceville, later passed away at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

"It was really scary seeing stuff like that," Corrick said, providing graphic details. "I just didn't know if he was going to live or not."

Byoun was visiting the pool with his mother and members of his church, Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Cass Mooney said. All indications are that the drowning was accidental, but Corrick and other witnesses have not been able to figure out how the young boy wound up at the bottom of the five-foot section of the pool.

"No one can really put a finger on how it happened," Mooney said. "They remember seeing him, and then they remember not seeing him."