RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Vacationing couple save drowning man from Hamilton Pool, perform CPR


9:40 p.m. update: Boston couple Jordan and Kendra Brady had only been vacationing in Austin for two days when their trip suddenly got far more dramatic than expected.

Jordan pulled a drowning man from Hamilton Pool on Friday morning before Kendra, 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 said.

The Bradys began their second day of vacations 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 said, “he started flailing around and screaming for help.”

Jordan dove 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 swam down and grabbed him, pulling him to the surface and to shore, he said. Medics got the 911 call around 10:50 a.m.

“He was unconscious, he was not breathing, he had no pulse,” said Kendra, 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,” Kendra said. “Hopefully he'll do OK.”

The man was taken to the hospital in a potentially serious condition, Austin-Travis County 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,” she said.

11:50 a.m. update: A man in his 30s was flown to the Dell Seton Medical Center after being pulled from Hamilton Pool on Friday morning.

According to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, a bystander pulled the man out of the water and began performing CPR before medics arrived around 10:50 a.m.

Authorities said the man was taken to the hospital in a potentially serious condition.

Earlier: Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services crews were sent to Hamilton Pool on Friday morning after a man in his 30s was pulled from the water.

The call came in around 10:50 a.m., and preliminary reports indicated that CPR was being performed on the man.

A STAR Flight helicopter is also responding to the incident.

This is a developing story. Check back soon for more information.


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