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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 6:32 am

Allison Sanders, while on duty May 22, 2019 at the Community Aquatic and Skate Park, rescued a 12-year-old child who was in distress and required assistance.

She was presented a Lifeguard Rescue Award by Mayor Pat Rios, Aquatic Park Manager Joe Riekers, and Parks and Leisure Services Director Rick Martinez at the June 11 Rockport City Council meeting.

Riekers said Sacred Heart School had rented the pool for a school function. There were almost 60 people in the water. There were two lifeguards in the stands and two other trained staff members walking the deck for additional coverage.

“I noticed (Sanders) was intently focused on something in the deep water,” said Riekers. “She blew her whistle and quickly entered the water”

Sanders swam to the deep water, in front of the diving boards, to rescue the child who was exhibiting classic signs of distress.

Once safely on deck, the young swimmer said she was tired and disoriented when she dove from the diving board and struggled to the surface.

“She said she was not able to make it back to the side or wall without assistance,” said Riekers. “Lifeguard Allison Sanders prevented injury and potential tragedy by using her judgment and training appropriately and professionally to conduct a water rescue.”

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