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Quick-Acting Lifeguards Save Boy’s Life In Long Beach

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Long Beach, NY - May 31, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Long Beach, NY – May 31, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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LONG BEACH, NY (WCBS 880) - There were no lifeguards on duty at the private pool at a complex on Lincoln Boulevard in Long Beach, Long Island.

Somehow, a 3-year-old boy got away from his parents and was found floating facedown.

But, just a few feet away on the beach, about five lifeguards heard the commotion – and came running to help the child.

City manager Charles Theofan told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that the first lifeguard to arrive saved the boy.

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“A young man by the name of Kevin Morissey turned the boy on his side. He was able to regurgitate the water. He was breathing and he’s now in Schneider [Children's] Hospital. He’s fine,” he said.

He says the reason there was no lifeguard at the pool was that it wasn’t deep enough for one to be required.

Theofan said he does not remember a time before this that beach lifeguards saved someone from a private pool.

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