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Two Near-Drownings Reported On Memorial Day

Posted May 30, 2006

— Two swimmers were pulled from waters in Chatham County and Cumberland County Monday afternoon.

In Chatham County, an 18-year-old man was pulled from waters in

Jordan Lake

at Parkers Creek Beach.

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    The man had been missing for at least 15 minutes after he was swimming near a yellow floating boundary at 1 p.m., park rangers said.

    Rescuers jumped in the water, spread out and searched for him.

    "I just kept swimming with my arms straight out until I hit bottom," said rescuer Stephen McFadden, who found the teen 14 feet down. "And I moved my arms and I felt him and put my arms underneath his arms and his chest -- because he was actually face down."

    The teen had a heartbeat after the incident and was taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Monday night. His name was not released.

    In Cumberland County, authorities said that a woman was treated after nearly drowning in a pool Monday.

    County spokesperson Debbie Tanna said that the incident happened at 3 p.m. near

    Waldos Beach

    in Cumberland County.

    Tanna said that a 25- to 30-year-old woman was swimming in a pool and that a lifeguard saw the woman's body in the bottom of the pool.

    The lifeguard pulled the woman from the pool and started CPR.

    Tanna was unsure of the woman's condition. The woman's name was not available.

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