2018 | Police & Fire

Man Nearly Drowns at Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA

Quick action by lifeguards, others saves his life

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YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase at 9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda


A man nearly drowned Tuesday evening in the pool at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA, but life-saving techniques performed by lifeguards and others saved his life, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Pete Piringer.

Fire and Rescue emergency personnel responded to the YMCA at 9401 Old Georgetown Road for a report of a possible drowning at 6:45 p.m.

“When we arrived on the scene, patrons and life guards had pulled the patron—an adult male—out of the pool, and CPR was ongoing,” Piringer said Wednesday morning.

Piringer said a mechanical CPR device was used to resuscitate the man.

“The man had a pulse, was breathing and taken to the hospital for treatment,” Piringer said.

Piringer said he was not at liberty to provide information about the incident or the man’s medical status.

YMCA Assistant Aquatics Director Sharron Brossi praised the actions of the lifeguards. “Our guards did a stellar job,” she said Wednesday morning.