MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics from the Laurel area and the Technical Rescue Services Team worked to find a teenager that had gone missing in a Laurel pond on Tuesday evening. Just before 8:45 pm Fire/EMS units were alerted to a possible drowning at a pond in a Laurel apartment complex. Witnesses reported that a male had gone under the water and never resurfaced.
The closest Fire/EMS Station to the incident in the 13000 block of Old Stagecoach Road is the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, which is one of the Department’s Water Rescue Teams. A rescue boat was deployed and water rescue team members were soon in the water searching for the teen. The County Police helicopter flew above using their infrared equipment in hopes of pinpointing a location of the teen and they used their high-powered lights to help illuminate the scene.
The Water Rescue Team consists of personnel and equipment from numerous stations throughout Prince George’s County and a total of 30 personnel were on the scene within a short period of time. Eleven team members, all wearing required safety equipment, entered the water and systematically walked the area where the teen was last seen. The water ranged in depth from about 2 to 4 feet.
After about a 80-minute search, at 10:20 pm, one of the rescuers came into contact with the teen at the bottom of the pond. He was immediately removed from the water and given to awaiting paramedics on the shore. A quick assessment revealed the patient to be not breathing and without a pulse. Advanced pre-hospital care measures and CPR were initiated and the male was transported to a nearby hospital. Despite the very best efforts of the firefighters, the water rescue team, paramedics and emergency room staff, the teenaged male was pronounced deceased at the hospital.