Swimmer, lifeguard rescues child from drowning at local beach


Along the western section of Yorktown Beach, Alyssa DiMarino, a lifeguard and college swimmer, saved a 4-year-old child from drowning in the water on Wednesday, June 3. Her own experience as a lifeguard and a personal incident that hit close to her prompted her to act.

“I was sitting on the beach with my mom; we were just getting some sun, and we noticed this little boy in the water,” DiMarino told News 3. “He kept on going under.”

DiMarino, a swimmer at Longwood University and lifeguard at Water Country USA, did not hesitate to make sure a life-or-death situation did not turn tragic.

“I got the boy out of the water and brought him to the shore, and he was safe,” she said. “The man who was there with him came to me and thanked me several times and checked on me to make sure I was okay.”

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