NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Crews took a child to the hospital after an incident in Ocean View Monday evening.
Around 5:40 p.m., dispatchers told WAVY.com officials were responding to a report of a drowning on the beach in the 1200 block of West Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk. Further details were not released and it was not a confirmed drowning at the time.
The day started like most for Ocean View’s Robbie Robinson, but before he could even cast his first line things quickly changed.
“I was sitting on my balcony getting ready to go fishing and I saw this kid out there struggling in the water,“ Robinson said.
Robinson says he could see the little boy having trouble just off shore. That’s when two other fishermen swam out to help.
“When they got him out of the water he was lifeless.” Robinson added. “It didn’t appear anybody knew how to give him CPR so I ran down here and did what the Navy trained me to do.“
Robinson rushed to the beach. The boy was in bad shape.
“His eyes were rolled up in his head and he wasn’t breathing,” Robinson said.
The Navy veteran of 30 years started giving the boy CPR. A couple minutes later he coughed up the water blocking his airway and started breathing on his own.
Witnesses on scene told WAVY.com the child appeared to be about 8 to 10 years told. He was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
The child’s condition is unknown at this time. Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.