A 44-year-old man was rescued, thanks to the dedicated efforts of neighbors. Police say the victim nearly drowned after trying to take a swim. YNN's Crystal Cranmore introduces us to one of the people who helped save the day.
CLAY, N.Y. -- "I came running down and my mom followed me with the table here,” said Mike Vaughn.
Neighbors in the Town of Clay will tell you Vaughn was at the right place at the right time.
“I was up in my room packing for college, actually, and there's a ruckus going on at the neighbors. So I look at the windows and everyone is running around over there, not sure what’s going on,” he said.
That commotion was coming from a home on Penelope Lane. Family members found 44-year-old Pablo Umana at the bottom of their pool, not moving.
“He had expressed an interest in going swimming but because the family members that he was visiting didn’t know if he could swim or not, they told him to wait a second and they would join him,” said Herb Wiggins of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department.
But police say Umana jumped in anyway. Hearing the cries and screaming next door, 23-year-old Vaughn hopped over a six foot fence.
“I see someone at the bottom of the pool and I immediately take off my socks and hop in there and pull him right out,” said Vaughn.
Vaughn and residents nearby helped give Umana CPR.
“You can see the human race isn’t at a loss right now. You can see everybody is looking out for each other,” said Wiggins.
Vaughn says he was only trained in CPR a month ago. He knows that it will be a valuable skill that will last a lifetime.
Pablo Umana was taken to an area hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition.