Bos­ton cou­ple on va­ca­tion save man at Hamil­ton Pool

They res­cue, per­form CPR on swim­mer who strug­gled, went un­der.

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - METRO & STATE - By Katie Hall

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.

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