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Monday, April 21, 2014

Off-duty Coast Guardsman saves child’s life

APRA HARBOR, Guam—An off-duty Coast Guard senior enlisted member helped Marriott pool attendants save the life of an 11-year-old Japanese boy Thursday evening.

A guest of the hotel and visiting Guam on Coast Guard business, Master Chief Christopher Windnagle was talking with pool staff while one of the attendants noticed a young boy drowning in the pool. The attendant jumped in, grabbed the boy and passed him to Windnagle, at which point Windnagle began rescue breathing for the child. Throughout the week, Windnagle had mentioned in conversation to the attendants that he is in the Coast Guard.

Windnagle proceeded to revive the boy just before Guam Fire and Rescue crews arrived on scene to continue life support and transport the child to the hospital. The latest report is that the child is alert and responding.

"Everyone at the pool wanted to help, I just happened to be at the right place at the right time and with the knowledge to help… I thank my Coast Guard training and my experience with Women’s Bay Fire Department in Kodiak, Alaska," said Windnagle, and in his words, the pool attendant who initially spotted the child drowning was “the true hero.”

Windnagle was here on a familiarity trip, as he just recently took position as Command Master Chief for the Coast Guard’s District 14 region. He was traveling with the new District Commander, Rear Adm. Cari Thomas.

Thomas praised Windnagle’s quick actions that saved the boy’s life, stating “Master Chief epitomizes the Coast Guard’s commitment and legacy of saving lives.” (PR)

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