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Triathlete helps save drowning victim


One man is lucky to be alive after being plucked from Lake Pleasant by two triathletes who were training in the water.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tim Picciott was one of the triathletes training Thursday afternoon at the Lake.

"I was just out here doing a 40-minute swim," said Picciott, a member of the First Wave Triathlete group. He and another member, Rick Stanfield, were swimming when they saw something strange in the distance.

"It was a little hard to gauge what was going on," recalled Picciott.

Though Picciott was on the dock and done with his swim, he quickly dove back in the water. After a 100-yard swim, he reached the victim, who was not responding.

"[I] checked his pulse. I didn't see a pulse. I didn't see him breathing. I saw the eyes in the back of his head. His skin was turning white," said Picciott.

As a former lifeguard, Picciott said his training still kicked in and he did everything he could to save the man's life.

"I knew I had to do compressions until the professionals arrived here," said Picciott.
Ten minutes later, paramedics arrived. The drowning victim had a faint pulse and was rushed by helicopter to John C. Lincoln Hospital in north Phoenix.

"It's a situation no one wants to be in, but if you are in that situation, I think it's your duty as a good person to act," said Picciott.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office did not release the name of the victim, but they say he was in stable condition when he was rushed to the hospital. A representative said without Picciott's help, the victim would likely have died.

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