Teen Lifeguard Spots Choking 14-Month-Old, Then Jumps From His Chair To Save Baby’s Life
Jake Avery is a 19-year-old lifeguard at Craigville Beach in Massachusetts. One seemingly regular Tuesday afternoon, Jake became a lifesaver.
While sitting up in the lifeguard tower on the beach, Jake spotted a frantic dad running in his direction. But it’s what was in the dad’s hands that shocked him: the dad carried his 14-month-old baby boy, who was choking on some food.
Jake didn’t hesitate at all. He jumped off the tower and grabbed the baby from the dad’s arms.
“I looked at the baby when I first got him and just realized that the child’s life was literally in my hands,” Jake recalled.
Jake summoned his training and performed the Heimlich maneuver on the baby right there on the beach.
“You keep the head toward the ground so that gravity is also in your favor,” Jake said.
Jake’s efforts lasted about 30 to 45 seconds. Thankfully, the baby started breathing normally again.
The lifeguard credited his training for allowing him to stay cool and collected as he focused on saving the life of the baby.
“He cried immediately, then once I gave him back to his mother he was fine,” Jake said.