DENNIS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Three teenage lifeguards at Dennis' Chapin Beach are being hailed as heroes after saving a New Hampshire man's life Sunday afternoon.
Lifeguards Alex Black, Tommy Zaterka and Kai Antos spotted the 64-year-old Merrimack man staggering out of the surf and collapsing on the beach.
The trio immediately sprang into action, pulling the man from the shallow water and calling EMTs. While performing CPR, they noticed that the man had stopped breathing and had no pulse.
"Halfway through when he wasn’t breathing, no heartbeat, I was really scared. I thought I was going to watch a man die," Black told WBZ-TV.
Relying on their training, the lifeguards used a portable defibrillator and another round of chest compressions. It worked.
"He kind of of regained where he was and who he was so that was reassuring," said Antos.
The victim, who has not been identified, was stable when paramedics arrived on scene and transported him to Cape Cod Hospital. Firefighters credit the lifeguards for saving his life.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports