DENVER (KMGH) — A lifeguard about to head off to college in the fall had an experience at her summer job that she’ll likely never forget.
Natalie Lucas, 18, works as a lifeguard at a YMCA in Colorado and said her days were generally pretty calm.
Tessa Rider was 9 months pregnant when she thought she would go swimming on Sunday, but she didn’t last long in the pool when the mother-to-be realized her baby boy was about to make his debut.
“Then I suddenly realized we weren’t going to the hospital, and he was coming out right away,” Rider said.
“Husband tells me they’re having the baby and I’m like OK, it looks good, and the adrenaline kicks in right away,” Lucas explained.
Lucas shouted for someone to call 9-1-1, grabbed a medical bag and some towels, and was with the couple as Rider pushed.
Rider said the lifeguard was there to help support her back during the birthing process.
“The baby was already coming out and it was quick. I would say less than five minutes it was all over,” Lucas said.
Baby Tobin was born happy and healthy on the YMCA pool deck.
“Without [Lucas] I couldn’t have safely focused my attention on making sure Tobin got out and was safe and healthy,” Tobin’s father Matthew Jones said.
“I stayed calm and helped them move from begging to ending whatever happened,” Lucas said. “It was definitely a pretty crazy thing, but I’m pretty proud of myself.”
Lucas is going to college in the fall but said she plans to send Tobin birthday cards.
Tobin received a lifetime membership in the Y.
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