Medical Complaint - 06/25/01
Today, June 25, Units from the James City County Fire Department responded to a report of a medical complaint at kilometer Post 27 on the National Colonial Parkway. This location is at the College Creek Bridge along the James River on the Colonial Parkway near Williamsburg. While enroute our units were advised this incident was a near drowning of a child. The caller wanted rescue to check out the condition of the rescuer. Upon arrival we found two patients, a 10-year old male and a 59-year old male. Both were conscious but in some distress. Both patients were transported to Williamsburg Community Hospital. The incident occurred at 1:20 p.m. The James City Fire Department responded with two ambulances and one Engine Company. Following is information from the incident narratives.
The 10-year old was swimming about 40 yards off shore when he was caught up in the College Creek current. Mr. Glen Bingham of Digges Court in Williamsburg stated that he heard someone shout for help and saw the boy going under the water. Mr. Bingham is 59 years old. Mr. Bingham swam out about 40 yards to rescue the boy, who had by this time gone under the water. Other bystanders stated that when the boy was pulled from the water by Mr. Bingham he was not conscious, and that he began to vomit water. One of our units transported Mr. Bingham to Williamsburg Community Hospitalfor evaluation. He was exhausted from the rescue effort. Another ambulance from the County transported the child to Williamsburg Community Hospital for treatment.
Fire Department units were assisted by the National Park Police on the scene.
We have checked the condition of both patients within the last half hour. Mr. Bingham will be released, and the child may be transferred to Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk for further treatment.