SOLANA BEACH — During a recent swim meet in Irvine, Annie Driscoll and Maddie Uebelhor, both members of the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito’s Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team, took swift action that saved a young boy’s life. The young women will be honored by the Club June 27. Jackson Hawkins, the boy whose life was saved, will be on hand as well to thank the two young women.
“This act shows great character in both the young ladies and we are extremely proud of their heroic acts” said Joe Benjamin, aquatics director at the Harper branch.
The rescue began when Driscoll noticed a young boy submerged under water prompting her to swim out to check on the situation. Upon reaching the young boy, she noticed that the boy only had a few bubbles coming from his mouth. She instinctively grabbed the boy under his arms and pulled him to safety above the water’s surface.
Teammate Uebelhor noticed Driscoll struggling from fatigue after swimming from the bottom of the 75-meter pool with the young boy. She helped Driscoll place the boy over the lane line and called for help from the lifeguard.
The girls’ quick decision-making is credited for saving the young boy from being injured in the incident.