Drowning Man Saved After Coincidental Touch

, Posted: Mon, August 6 2012 at 5:14 PM, Updated: Mon, August 6 2012 at 6:21 PM

According to witnesses a man stops breathing for at least 6 minutes after nearly drowning in an Ashland pool.

Yesterday we spoke with two people who resuscitated the man.Today, the woman who pulled the man to the surface tell us her story. She says she wouldn't have even noticed him if her foot had not touched his lifeless body.

Katja Machicinski was in the right place at the right time.
" I was doing the backstroke and all of a sudden my foot brushed somebody."

While in the Jackson Wellsprings pool the retired sports therapist encountered the motionless man.
"I really could barely see a human being on the bottom of the pool. He was rolled up in a ball facing down."

After observing him she knew something wasn't right.
"I dove down to the bottom of the pool and pulled him up to the surface. When I pulled him up he was completely lifeless and syanotic."
"He was blue, I mean he was dead," witness Don Shoop tells us.
Bystanders worked on the man, identified as "Walter," for roughly five minutes before he began to breathe.
"I couldn't stop seeing that body on the bottom of the pool and lifeless and knowing if I hadn't touched him..."

But Machcinski does not want to be called a hero.
"When I rescued that man he was purple and his eyes were black, I heard ungodly sounds coming out of him when he came back. I would love to look into his face and hug is body full of life. That is the glory I want."

Sharing her story only to remind others to be mindful when in the water.

Walter remains in stable condition at the Ashland Community Hospital.

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