A Florida hotel clerk is being hailed a hero after he noticed an unsupervised boy drowning in a hot tub.
According to Click Orlando, a Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort clerk happened to look at the security cameras at the right time when he noticed a 3-year-old boy completely submerged under the water of the hot tub.
The clerk then contacted a maintenance worker for help.
A guest at the hotel, Brittany Fishel, said she saw the 3-year-old and his twin brother together at one point as she watched from the balcony of her room.
After realizing the boy had been underwater for an undisclosed amount of time, Fischel, who is a nurse, also helped the little boy regain consciousness after the maintenance worker pulled him out.
Fishel explained to Click Orlando:
“I’m a nurse, so I have a duty to involve myself in something like that. I would never walk away from a situation like that without knowing that everything is OK down there.”
“I could not believe that nobody noticed this child and I didn’t know at the time that the resort worker had been watching this on surveillance the whole time.
Eventually, he did come around as I was doing CPR, started breathing on his own and started crying. Paramedics showed up and took over.”
The child’s mother, 36-year-old Apryl Connolly, was eventually charged with child neglect and tampering with evidence after police say she was throwing away the pills she was talking while others rescued her son.
According to Local 10 News, Connolly told officers that she had three shots of tequila on top of the pills she was taking.
Authorities have since released the video of the boy’s rescue. (Warning: Video may be disturbing to some.)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.”
Fishel admitted that, as a mom, the whole situation was hard for her and recommends that everyone learn how to accurately perform CPR.