Boston couple on vacation save man at Hamilton Pool
They rescue, perform CPR on swimmer who struggled, went under.
Boston couple Jordan and Kendra Brady had been vacationing in Austin for only two days when their trip suddenly got far more dramatic than expected.
Jordan Brady pulled a drowning man from Hamilton Pool on Friday morning and then Kendra Brady, a nurse practitioner, performed CPR on him, helping him regain a pulse and consciousness, the couple said.
“Luckily within under five minutes, he started to breathe,” Kendra Brady said.
The Bradys began their second day of vacation in Austin by driving out to the western Travis County swimming hole. They spent their trip walking around the edge of the pool, taking pictures. They were aware of a man dog-paddling through the water at the time, they said.
As the man reached the middle of Hamilton Pool, Jordan Brady said, “he started flailing around and screaming for help.”
Jordan Brady dived in and swam out to him, he said. By the time he reached him, “I couldn’t see him at that point,” he said. “He was sinking. It was a very scary scene.”
Jordan Brady swam down and grabbed him, pulling him to the surface and to shore, he said. Medics, who estimate that the victim is in his 30s, got the 911 call about 10:50 a.m., Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said.
“He was unconscious; he was not breathing; he had no pulse,”
said Kendra Brady, who said she started performing CPR immediately.
When he regained consciousness, he asked for his girlfriend, the couple said.
“Hopefully our dual efforts will save this guy’s life, with quality, too,” said Kendra Brady, referring to her hope that the man’s quality of life won’t be affected and that he didn’t suffer any brain damage. “Hopefully he’ll do OK.”
The man was taken Dell Seton Medical Center via helicopter in potentially serious condition, EMS officials said.
The moral of the story, the couple said, is just how crucial CPR knowledge can be.
“If you don’t know it, learn it, because you’ll never know when you’re going to have to use it,” Kendra Brady said.
Lifeguards are not on duty at Hamilton Pool, a fact that park officials notify visitors of when they enter the park.
In August 2016, 17-yearold Anthony Dorsett died a day after he was pulled from Hamilton Pool.
He didn’t resurface after going under water, sheriff ’s officials said.
Dorsett died from a lack of oxygen to his brain associated with drowning, the Travis County medical examiner’s office ruled.