BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - First responders pulled a teen-aged boy out of the Buffalo Riverafter he dove into the water from a train trestle.
Emergency responders tell News 4 that in most cases when victimsare rescued within the "golden hour," they do generally have a goodchance of surviving. They also want to emphasize that this issomething that could have been prevented.
Distraught family and friends were helpless as they watchedemergency responders perform CPR on the 17-year-old victim. Policesay he jumped off the train trestle of these railroad tracks alongthe Buffalo River. When he didn't resurface, someone dialed 9-1-1at 6:22 p.m. Thursday.
Lt. Richard Doyle of the Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Teamsaid, "We put two divers in the water. He was found approximately15 to 20 feet from the bottom of the bridge."
Divers prepare for these types of emergencies twice a month, buteven with the best training, challenges still arise.
"Bringing equipment down to the scene, and whenever you're doinga zero visibility dive, especially in this water withentanglements," explained Lt. Doyle.
Divers were still able to rescue the teen within the "goldenhour" that can often determine whether a victim will survive.
Lt. Doyle said, "In cold water drowning, which is 70 degrees orless water temperature, it's what's called the mammalian divingreflex kicks in, and once your outer extremities shut down, theblood pumps right from your heart to your brain and it gives theperson a chance for survival. You can revive them and bring themback."
In this case, they got to the victim within 52 minutes. Jumpinginto a body of water is nothing new when it gets hot, but unlessit's a supervised area, Lt. Doyle says, "Don't jump off trestles orhigh places, especially in zero visibility because once you breakthe surface of the water, number one, you don't know if there's anyobstructions that are down there that can impale you or strike you.Or, if you just simply hit the water wrong, you can lose yourbreath and take a gulp, and usually that's when tragedyhappens."
Lt. Doyle told News 4 that first responders did not see anyphysical injuries on the teen. We're also told that he is 17 and atChildren's Hospital. His name has not yet been released.
Other teens were with the victim at the time, and theinvestigation remains open.
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