Mercer County Senior High student Mason Sanders has enjoyed being around the water his entire life and decided on the ultimate summer job for a teenager — a lifeguard. Before his first day on the job, he had the opportunity to do what lifeguards do best, save lives.
Sanders had started his lifeguard training a few weeks back. While in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with the school’s track team, he was in the right place at the right time and used his training to save two young swimmers.
“My friends and I were just hanging out by the pool when I noticed two young kids playing in the deep end unattended. One began to panic and wrapped themselves around the other. My first instinct was to get to them as quickly as possible,” said Sanders.
Sanders quick action likely saved the life of the 6-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl.
“It was just instinct, I wrapped them both up and pulled them to safety,” he said.
Sanders has completed all requirements to become a lifeguard at Anderson-Dean Community Park but says he has not received his certificate yet. Even without a certificate, he is a certified hero.