Two versions of the same story making waves in Marana near drowning case
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MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Whatever happened in Marana's town pool still making waves.
"If Chris Martin had not pulled him out of the pool and I hadn't opened his airway that boy would not be alive," said Shauna Harris.
Marana's official report on the incident makes no mention of Harris moving to open up his airway. Instead, it blames bystanders like her for "interfering with lifeguard rescue activities."
"There's a lot of information that's misleading," said Harris.
"We don't agree, we say the report is fair, accurate and thorough," said town spokesman Rodney Campbell.
But today 9OYS obtained a new document, the Marana Police Department's police report. In it, Martin, the man who saved the boy tells police lifeguards looked "dazed and confused" and only when Harris opened the victim's airway did the child "start to breathe."
So we wanted to know, why such critical details in that report didn't make into the town of Marana's final report on the investigation.
"I guess the only thing I can say is that different people have different perspectives on the way things happened," said Campbell.
But from the beginning, parents there that day have felt uneasy and been outspoken about how lifeguards performed.
"No one knew what to do," said Kristina Barnes, a parent there that day. "I didn't feel we had four competent lifeguards on duty."
And now despite reading this report and the town's reassurance changes are coming, opinions haven't changed.
"I don't think parents should be concerned," said Campbell.
"If I was a parent who didn't now CPR, I don't think I'd go back for a while," said Harris.
Parents not ready to let their kids dive in just yet.
The town says lifeguards have received extra training and they are confident an incident like this can be avoided in the future. They also tell us their report is final, but that they do value input from parents they didn't speak to. If you'd like to talk to Marana's Parks and Rec department about this that number is (520) 382-1950.