Drowning victim resuscitated


A Sunday afternoon at Mardis Mill Falls in Blountsville almost ended tragically when a 19-year-old male had to be rescued from the cold waters. According to Blount EMS Operations Manager Weslie Powell, witnesses reported the male was diving into the water and failed to surface immediately.

Powell said Blount County 911 received an emergency call about the situation at 3:44 p.m. Multiple emergency units were dispatched and within minutes Blountsville Fire and Blount EMS were at the scene. Upon arrival, emergency personnel recovered the teen and transported him to Ascension/St. Vincent’s Blount.

Although the male flat lined at the falls, emergency crews were able to resuscitate him while enroute to the hospital. A ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation – resumption of a normal heart rhythm with a perceptible pulse) call went out over the emergency system as they traveled to the hospital. Upon arrival at Ascension/ St. Vincent’s Blount, the teen was stabilized and transferred to Ascension/ St. Vincent’s East for a higher level of care.

Powell said it took a team effort and is proud of emergency personnel pulling together to save the life of this young man. As of Monday morning, the teen remained at Ascension/St. Vincent’s East.