Spring Mill bystanders save drowning teen

From local sources

MITCHELL — The quick action of bystanders saved a teen Saturday night during a near-drowning at the Spring Mill State Park Inn.

Just before 9 p.m., Riley Saylor, 13, of Ohio City, Ohio, was swimming with his family at the state park inn’s pool just outside Mitchell when he was discovered at the bottom of the pool, according to Indiana conservation officers spokesman Jim Schreck.

Saylor’s 30-year-old cousin, Sarah Rumschlag of Decatur, who was nearby, swam to the bottom of the pool and quickly brought the teen to the surface. Another pool patron, Ann Lott of Madison, Ala., saw Rumschlag struggling and quickly assisted, conservation officers said.

Saylor was unconscious, unresponsive and his lips were blue when he was retrieved, Schreck said.

An off-duty nurse, Shelly Miller of Roanoke, then took over and initiated CPR with the help of another patron, Amy Crouch of Fort Wayne, according to authorities.

“It’s rare to have that many selfless individuals there at once to jump in do their part,” Schreck said. “The timing was right.”

Officers who were at the scene told Schreck that Miller “pretty well took charge” once Saylor was brought to the surface. “She put her nursing skills to work and it was pretty fortunate for all involved,” he said.

As a direct result of all the heroic efforts, Schreck said, Saylor was partially revived before being transported by ambulance to Indiana University Health Hospital in Bloomington, where he later made a full recovery. He was released from the hospital Sunday night.

“His mom said he was doing fine,” Schreck said.

Schreck said the only injury Saylor is thought to have received from the weekend was a mild concussion sustained earlier in the day while he was playing football. It is not known if that played a role in him dropping to the bottom of the pool, the spokesman said.

Conservation officer Chad Mills also commended the bystanders.

“These ladies’ selfless actions no doubt saved a young man’s life tonight,” Mills said.

“That turned out to be a good deal all the way around,” Schreck added.

The Seals Ambulance Service and Marion Township First Responders also assisted.

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