Man in critical condition after near-drowning at Sand Harbor

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Updated: 7/30 10:49 pm
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A 19-year-old is in critical condition at Renown after a near-drowning at Sand Harbor.

According to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, the out-of-state man was swimming with a friend at Sand Harbor at around 1:45 p.m. when he needed assistance. His friend tried to help, but was unsuccessful. An off-duty nurse gave the victim a flotation device and brought him to the beach.

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District responded and treated the man until CareFlight arrived to transport him to Renown in Reno.
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dodger dog - 7/31/2014 9:26 PM
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I just want to say that as a person who was helping the victim's friends at the boat, I am so very proud of the HEROIC efforts of everyone there. I was emotionally overcome by the surreal scene of life and death being played out while on vacation, but at the same time so very proud of those who did the chest compressions and life saving measures. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who are off-duty nurses, doctors and first responders! Jake is so fortunate to have had you there at that tragic moment. I am praying that Jake's condition will make a dramatic improvement soon. God bless you all. Jeff Jones Foresthill, CA

LoletaEric - 7/31/2014 7:39 PM
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Thank you, Cami, for putting that link up - I'll be sure to check on it regularly and will send your sister a message right away.

CJambrik - 7/31/2014 7:19 PM
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To RN, Eric and anyone involved: My sister LaNay would like me to post a link for yall giving updates on Jake's progress. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jakeblackmon Also if you would send her a message on there she would like to thank you herself.

CJambrik - 7/31/2014 7:18 PM
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To RN, Eric and anyone involved: My sister LaNay would like me to post a link for yall giving updates on Jake's progress. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jakeblackmon Also if you would send her a message on there she would like to thank you herself.

LoletaEric - 7/31/2014 6:21 PM
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Sorry - I submitted a bit early - I meant to say, I think that wanting to become more prepared must be a common thread for people who were present yesterday.

LoletaEric - 7/31/2014 6:19 PM
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You're absolutely right, RN, that the young man's recovery is the focus. I was amazed at the efforts of people to help, and I was glad to be able to offer whatever I could in the moment. It was a more chaotic and stressful scene than many of us ever encounter, and I feel strongly about taking steps to prepare myself better for any such occurrences in the future. I believe that must be a common thread for Cami - Thank you so much for posting here. My family and I are so pleased that Jake is under the best medical care and has you and his loving family around him. We're all sending our best. Eric

CJambrik - 7/31/2014 3:39 PM
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To everyone who helped save my nephews life: This man means the world to us, thank you so much for saving him. I wish I could meet all yall and just give you a huge hug. I believe god sent yall there to save his life. He is still in critical condition but you wonderful, miracle workers gave him a chance and I have faith he'll get through this. He has so much love and support with him. Words can not express my gratitude towards yall. God Bless You, Cami Jakes Aunt

RNJuly30 - 7/31/2014 9:40 AM
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Thank you LoletaEric for clarifying the events that took place. My comment regarding civilians referred to what happened on shore. I have no idea what went on out there in the water. That's a whole other part to the story and huge acts of bravery by were performed by civilians I am sure. I placed my original comment because I was concerned that the news story stated an off-duty nurse pulled him to shore on a flotation device. I did no such thing. Maybe there was another off-duty nurse in the area of whom I am not aware :) . Thank you so much to you personally and everyone involved who helped save the young man's life. I would give you a hug if I could. I needed a hug yesterday. All any of use really care about is that he makes it through this okay.

monicadrolet - 7/31/2014 8:54 AM
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I was there yesterday at Sand Harbor visiting from California with my teenaged son and his two friends, and we were shocked and terrified for this young man. I am thankful for all the people who assisted in helping to save him. I am praying for his recovery, and I hope that News4 will do a followup.

LoletaEric - 7/31/2014 7:49 AM
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I was right there in the water and one who helped get him on a kayak and flipped over, swept his mouth and gave three breaths before he was hauled to shore behind the jetski. I'm not a lifeguard, and I believe others who helped get him up on the kayak were also civilians - there's much to this story, and whoever brought him up from about 20' of water really made a big move. Hoping for the best for this young man.
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