Teen survivor of near drowning shares his story - CBS46 News


Teen survivor of near drowning shares his story

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In late June, 14-year-old Brionne Sloan of Stone Mountain was in a hospital bed on a breathing machine. He nearly drowned at the Brown's Mill Aquatic Center in DeKalb County.

Today, he is resting at home, thankful to be alive.

"I'm truly blessed and God brought me back to life and wouldn't let the devil kill me," Sloan said.

Although he is home, Sloan is still dealing with health issues from being in that pool, underwater and not breathing for several minutes.

"My chest is hurting still and my throat is still bugging me," Sloan said.

A DeKalb County spokesperson confirmed it was bystanders and not lifeguards that pulled Sloan from the water at the pool. He and his mother, Melissa Sloan, have been wondering ever since that day why the lifeguards didn't help him.

"The spokesperson for that company stated that their lifeguards are certified," Melissa Sloan said. "My question then is did you not think that life was important enough for you to actually jump into action? Like what happened?"

"They need to have a well-trained staff of lifeguards that know how to swim and do CPR," Brionne Sloan said. "That's what they need and it's disappointing they didn't do a thing."

CBS46 is told the incident is still under investigation by police and the county.

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