Local man saves 5-year-old boy who nearly drowned in Corpus Christi
A 5-year-old boy owes his life to a Bell County man who was in the right place at the right time while vacationing over the Labor Day weekend in Corpus Christi.
On Sept. 1, Skeebo Reichert, who was staying at the Seahorse Condo on Windward Drive in Corpus Christi, spotted the boy motionless underwater in the condo’s pool.
Reichert, a former competitive college swimmer and New Jersey beach patrol member, jumped into action.
He and his wife pulled the unresponsive boy from the water.
"I started chest compressions and he was just, he was totally gone. There was nobody there," Reichert said.
He says bystanders called 911 while he performed CPR and two other women aided his efforts.
"There was one breath, which I was really not expecting looking at him. But there wasn't a second breath so we went back to work on him."
Eventually the boy gasped for air again, and began to cry, just as the paramedics arrived, Reichert said.
A police report says the boy was taken to the hospital with his mother, and survived.
It also credits an unnamed male with performing CPR until officials arrived.
Reichert says both responding officers and paramedics thanked him for his efforts on scene.
Now back home in Bell County, Reichert has reached out to the Belton Police Department to help him get in contact with the boy's family.
"I would love to see if he's OK or what he's doing. I mean I was there at that time, for him, and they have their own life so I respect that but I'd love to hear from them," Reichert said.