Connecticut Lifeguard Who “Did Not Appear To Be Distracted” Is Still Being Charged For Saving A 5 Year Old’s Life At An Understaffed Camp Outing
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A lifeguard who was on duty at a Connecticut sports complex when a young boy nearly drowned has been charged with reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. Police say 23-year-old Zachary Stein, of New Canaan, did not appear to be distracted while working at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford on Aug. 3, but surveillance video shows he didn’t notice the 5-year-old boy underwater for about four minutes.
“There were kids swimming pretty close to him, but it went unnoticed that he was underwater,” says Lt. Tom Barcello.
Stein then pulled the boy from the water and gave him CPR. Police say the boy was hospitalized and made a rapid recovery. Stein’s lawyer says a mistake does not constitute a crime, especially considering Stein’s role in saving the boy. An American Lifeguard Association representative tells the Stamford Advocate it is rare for a lifeguard to be charged criminally.
As for Stein’s arrest, Chelsea Piers says they are surprised, as he is one of the first responders credited with saving the boy’s life.
This is a joke right? They’re charging a lifeguard who saved a kid’s life for saving the kid’s life? I can understand if he was on his phone or taking a 20 minute dump on the bathroom, but it says right there – he did not appear to be distracted. End of story. Not guilty.
Apparently this was at some sort of summer camp. So why is he the only one taking the fall? Where were all the camp counselors?
It’s pretty obvious what’s going on here. New Canaan is a filthy rich town in one of the most wealthy parts of the country. More than likely the five year old, who luckily is alive today, comes from a family that’s looking for a payday. And likewise Chelsea Piers is probably insured for a shitload of dough. They’re charging him criminally so they can go after him civilly and get a pay day. Never let a near tragedy to your kid go to waste.
It’s just so disgusting and everything that’s wrong with our society that parents go after the guy who saved their child’s life, did nothing wrong, and only was put in this situation since it sounds like the pool was understaffed. Meanwhile whenever you Google Zachary Stein for the rest of his life, this is gonna come up.
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