3-year-old boy nearly drowns at Carroll lake

July 20, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 3-year-old boy was clinging to life last night after a high school senior swimming at Carroll County's popular Cascade Lake pulled the child from an area just beyond a safety rope that separates nonswimmers from deeper water.

Maryland State Police had not identified the child last evening because relatives could not be located, said Sgt. Brenda Tharp, duty officer at the Westminster barracks. The investigation is continuing, she said.

The child was taken by ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital and transferred to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Tharp said. He was in critical condition last night, state police said.

Garland R. Marshall Jr., a 17-year-old North Carroll High School senior, said he felt something brush his hand as he swam underwater toward shore. He said he reached out with his foot and felt something strange near the sandy bottom.

Marshall said he submerged and resurfaced with the limp body of the little boy.

The teen-ager carried the child in his arms about 40 feet to the beach, shouting for lifeguards.

"I couldn't feel a pulse," Marshall said. "The boy was unconscious and before I could begin CPR, the lifeguards were right there to take over."

Dawn Waite, 35, said Marshall is a friend of her daughter.

"The lifeguards were right on top of this [emergency]," she said. "They were doing everything they could to revive the child."

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