Asotin Co. Family Aquatic Center Lifeguard lives up to his title
CLARKSTON, WA —
A local lifeguard saved not one, but two kids from drowning last week…and both of those saves happened in a matter of minutes.
"We basically just watch for any troubles,” said Lane Vanhorn, ACFAC Lifeguard.
Lane Vanhorn is a lifeguard at the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center for his second year.
"It feels pretty good to like know I helped someone,” said Vanhorn.
Last week while Lane was on duty he noticed something in the wave pool...
"I see a little boy like start to struggle and he's calling out, like help me,” said Vanhorn.
That’s when Lane jumped into action.
"The first you're supposed to do is triple tweet on your whistle, to alert the other lifeguards,” said Vanhorn.
"I got the three tweets in, and then it was an adrenaline rush."
He jumped into the water and pulled the little boy to safety.
“I got him out, and then we I got back on stand and we started the waves, and then a different little boy starts struggling,” said Vanhorn.
Lane once again jumped in to save the second boy. That was two saves in one day, what’s more, that same week he saved another two people.
Vanhorn said, "The other two saves were actually like simultaneously. There were two girls trying to keep each other up, but they couldn't so I had to grab both of them at the same time."
After all that, Lane saves four people from potentially drowning in just one week and for him that feels pretty good.
"I was kind of proud of myself for being alert,” said Vanhorn.
And he wants people to know that lifeguards don’t want to spoil the fun, but their job is to keep you safe.
"I personally don't like yelling at little kids, but like in order to keep them safe, they have to know the rules, and yeah we just want everyone to have fun around here,” said Vanhorn.
Lane says some tips for people out on the water this summer is to trust your instincts, stay in water where you’re comfortable, don’t go too deep. And he said wearing a life jacket is crucial for those who aren’t strong swimmers.