Off-duty deputy saves 3-year-old from drowning at waterpark

Dep. Habib Hanze

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – An off-duty Hillsborough County detention deputy is credited for saving a 3-year-old boy from drowning at a local waterpark, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said 3-year-old Michael Andrews was found by a witness floating motionless under the water in the Lazy River at the Splash Harbor Water Park in Indian Rocks Beach Saturday around 4:45 p.m. Habib Hanze, who’s employed with HCSO as a detention deputy, is a frequent visitor to the water park.

According to PCSO, he heard the witness calling for help and helped to pull Andrews out of the pool. Hanze determined Andrews was unresponsive and was not breathing so he immediately started CPR and continued with CPR until he successfully resuscitated Andrews.

Andrews was transported to All Children’s Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Pinellas officials say deputies determined that the child’s mother had lost sight of Andrews for six to seven minutes, thinking that Andrews was being supervised by another family member at the water park.

Deputies do not suspect foul play or negligence in this case, authorities said.

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