Heartbreaking moment when children pull 7-year-old boy out of pool before mom saves him with CPR
This is the shocking moment when a 7-year-old boy was rescued from drowning in the bottom of an outdoor pool by two fellow children while adults swam by completely unconscious.
Noah Roche, 12, and his brother Weston Woods, 8, were enjoying a day at the pool of an apartment in Fenton, Michigan, when they spotted 7-year-old Griffin Emerson in grave danger.
Griffin splashed around in his inflatable armbands, but decided to take them off and try swimming without them.
Unable to keep his head above water, he drifted into the deep and slid under the water.
In a chilling surveillance video obtained from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, bystanders remained oblivious as precious seconds ticked away and Griffin sank deeper into the water.
That is until Noah and Weston Griffins saw dark outlines in the depths and jumped into the water without a second’s hesitation, determined to save him.
Noah Roche, 12 (center right), and his brother Weston Woods, 8 (right), were enjoying a day at the pool of an apartment in Fenton, Michigan, when they spotted 7-year-old Griffin Emerson (right) in grave danger (mother of the two brothers, Sylese Roche, is pictured at left)
Adults swim and float on lounge chairs as Griffin sinks to the bottom of the pool
Weston is seen pulling Griffin to the surface before adults sit on it and help lift him out of the pool
Upon witnessing the horrific scenario unfolding before her, the rescuers’ mother, Sylese Roche, immediately called 911 — while Griffin’s mother ran to her boy’s lifeless body and immediately began CPR.
After a few breathless seconds, Griffin coughed and regained consciousness, able to breathe again.
You can see his mother gently rubbing his back and helping him expel the water from his lungs.
Despite narrowly escaping death, Griffin was rushed to the hospital and checked for signs of dry drowning or lung infections after inhaling the pool water.
But within just 36 hours, Griffin was released from the hospital after making a remarkable recovery.
‘I was afraid I would drown. It all felt weird. I spat out some water, and that was it,” a relieved Griffin later told Good Morning America.
“I saw him and I just knew he wasn’t okay,” Noah said.
“I saw him at the bottom of the pool, and then I didn’t know if he was just playing there or something. So I told Weston to get in and duck down and see if he was okay.”
Griffin is seen lying on the edge of the pool as his mother rushes over to administer CPR
Griffin’s grandmother Michelle expressed her deep gratitude on Facebook, applauding Noah and Weston’s actions and thanking the family for saving her grandson
Tom Kinczkowski, Griffin’s grandfather, expressed his sincere appreciation to the young rescuers.
“Weston and Noah, you know, they have a special place in my heart.
And they actually saved Griffin. Many of my heroes don’t wear capes. And there are two,” Kinczkowski explained.
And grandmother Michelle expressed her deep gratitude on Facebook, applauding Noah and Weston’s actions and thanking the family for saving her grandson.
“These 2 guys are amazing,” she wrote. “My grandson Griffin would have drowned if it weren’t for these 2 boys… I am so grateful to these little heroes and their mother Sylese Roche for raising 2 wonderful little boys.”
Genesee County Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson praised the heroic actions of the young rescuers, saying, “Getting him to breathe on his own so quickly is the best possible outcome. And that’s why we celebrate the story.’