HERNANDO BEACH — Bystanders rescued a 3-year-old boy from the shallow waters at Rogers Park on Wednesday afternoon, performing CPR until medical crews arrived.
According to a report from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the boy's mother, Jamie Hernandez, 31, said he had been with her in the parking lot while she was talking with a friend. His father, Joseph Peeters, 33, was in a restroom changing clothes.
About the time she realized that her son was missing, she told deputies, she heard people on the beach shouting for someone to call 911.
Jeffrey Legler told deputies that he had seen the boy floating in the water but thought he was swimming because he saw his arm moving. Moments later, he saw the boy was not moving, and he feared the boy was unconscious.
Legler jumped into the water and grabbed the boy while yelling for someone to call 911. He put the boy over a seawall and onto the beach area, where the boys' parents ran over from the parking lot.
Legler's wife, Tracy Legler, performed CPR on the boy, who began breathing but was still unconscious. The Leglers told deputies the boy had not been breathing for three to five minutes.
The boy was taken to Oak Hill Hospital then transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg for further medical attention and observation.