Man who tried to save drowning boy speaks out
FOX 31 is learning more about what happened in those frightening moments when a 13-year-old boy drowned Saturday evening in East Albany.
Calvin Stubbs was outside of his home on the phone just a few hundred feet from the pool at Kentucky Avenue and Owens Avenue.
Then he hears children screaming and the boy's uncle asking if anyone can swim. Stubbs ran over immediately and tried to get to the boy but he was too deep in the water. That's when Stubbs called his son-in-law to help.
"He grabbed him by the wrist and he slipped back down there," Stubbs said. "I said I tell you what, if you go back down there and get him, I'm going to meet you half way and then we'll both grab him so that's when we both grabbed him and pulled him up on the concrete. By the time we got to him, it was like he was already gone."
Stubbs says the boy was down there for about 10 minutes. He says he just wishes there had been a lifeguard there.
It's just a reminder to all parents to keep a close eye on your children in the pool this summer and a reminder to all of us how important it is to know how to swim.