Greenport lifeguard rescues boy, 6, from pool

Michael Liegey, 20, a lifeguard from Southold poses

Michael Liegey, 20, a lifeguard from Southold poses at Kenny's Beach in Southold. (Sept. 6, 2013) (Credit: Randee Daddona)

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A lifeguard at a Greenport condominium hotel rescued a 6-year-old boy who nearly drowned in the complex's pool Thursday.

Michael Liegey, 20, of Southold, was on duty at the Cliffside Resort Waterfront Condominiums when he had to perform CPR and got the boy to start breathing before first responders arrived, Southold Town police said in a news release.

The boy, who had been swimming in the pool all morning, swallowed water and became unconscious. Adults in the pool pulled the boy out of the water. The boy was unresponsive, Liegey said.

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"It happened so quickly. I wasn't thinking anything but what I needed to do for the child," Liegey said.

He performed two rounds of rescue breathing and chest compressions before the boy responded.

"I can't explain how I felt. It is nothing that I've ever felt before," Liegey said. "A wave of relief came over me when I saw his chest move and he was spitting out water and started breathing on his own."

Southold police said responders with the Greenport Fire Department took the boy to nearby Eastern Long Island Hospital. The boy was breathing and conscious, police said in a news release.

Police were unable to update the boy's condition Friday, or confirm the details of the rescue.

Liegey is a student at Suffolk County Community College with plans to transfer to either Stony Brook University or the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has been a lifeguard for three years and this was his second rescue. Three summers ago, he and another lifeguard pulled a swimmer from the waters off New Suffolk beach, he said.

Liegey said he aspires to eventually work in the health-care field.

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