Rip current pulls 6-year-old under near Clam Pass
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CREATED Jun. 19, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- Tonight we're hearing the 911 call after a 6-year-old boy nearly drowned in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. A rip current pulled the young boy under and caused him to swallow mouthfuls of saltwater.
Caller: I'm at the south beach of Pelican Bay.
Dispatch: South beach of Pelican Bay?
Caller: Yes, we have somebody...maybe a drowning...not exactly sure.
Fabian Guzman remains in the hospital. His aunt spoke with Fox by phone. She tells me her nephew swimming just south of Clam Pass when the undertow pulled him under. His 13-year-old cousin and 16-year-old cousin tried to help, but couldn't
"I was so scared. When I got here to the hospital, they told me he was in critical condition. I was brokenhearted. I didn't know what to do," said Myra Guzman, the victim's aunt.
The 911 call shows someone nearby came to the rescue and pulled the 3 boys out of the water.
Caller: "One of the guys from the Pelican Bay Association is going out on a boat in attempt to help the person."
The 6-year-old was unconscious when help arrived.
Caller: They've got him on his side. The mother is here.
911 Dispatch: Are they getting water out of him?
Caller: They're trying to...they're patting his back.
"I'm thankful for my nephew that he's alive and like the worst feeling I have ever ever in my life felt. I felt that he was gone. I felt that he had drowned," said Guzman.
The family says Fabian will probably spend the next day or so in the hospital. He is now conscious and breathing on his own.