Natan Gooch is back in the pool under the watchful eye of swimming instructor Di Manzelmann and his dad Barwon Gooch after almost drowning when he blacked out during squad training at the Pat Wright Swim School.
Natan Gooch is back in the pool under the watchful eye of swimming instructor Di Manzelmann and his dad Barwon Gooch after almost drowning when he blacked out during squad training at the Pat Wright Swim School. Lee Constable

Heroes save boy's life

NATAN Gooch, a seven-year-old who loves to swim, was terrified when he woke up on the side of Pat Wright's Swim School pool.

Natan lost consciousness while swimming during a training session on Monday afternoon and said yesterday he had a hard time remembering what happened.

He was back at the pool yesterday with parents Kathleen and Barwon Gooch, reunited with the two swimming instructors, Lee Day and Di Manzelmann, who saved his life by conducting CPR for three minutes before the ambulance arrived.

"I remember swimming towards the bottom of the pool and touching the edge," Natan said.

"I took a breath of air and then fell down.

"Then I remember waking up on the side of the pool with a (breathing) mask on my face."

Natan said he spent the night in Mackay Base Hospital.

"I had to get a needle. I was sick in a bag. I had x-rays and blood tests," he said.

"Yesterday morning I came back to Pat's (Pat Wright's Swim School) and gave her a big cuddle."

Natan's mother, Kathleen Gooch, said it was a parent's worst nightmare.

"Di (Manzelmann) was his instructor," Mrs Gooch said.

"He did what he was supposed to be doing and she (Ms Manzelmann) was watching him until she dived in to rescue him.

"There was no pulse and he wasn't breathing; he was purple.

"He was given three minutes of CPR by Lee (Day) and Di (Manzelmann) and if they hadn't got him out straight away it wouldn't have been a good outcome.

"I was here watching in disbelief so it was just lucky the staff were quick on their feet," Mrs Gooch said.

She said the cause of the blackout was still unknown.

"The ambulance officer said to me that we're lucky that if this was to happen that it happened here at the swim school.

"The hospital put it down to... that he may have fainted or had a bit of a turn."

Mrs Gooch said it was such a shock since Natan was a confident swimmer.

"He does an hour three times a week and he does carnivals and he is part of the Mackay swimming squad that Pat (Wright) runs."

Ms Day said: "You don't have time to think about it (saving someone). ...it was just a freak accident and I did what I had to do. I would have worked all day and all night to save him."



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