Near drowning victim rescued by 11-year-old girl - WKRN News 2

Near drowning victim rescued by 11-year-old girl

Posted: Updated: June 13, 2012 10:38 PM
Jermyasha Scales helped pull the victim from the pool. Jermyasha Scales helped pull the victim from the pool.

An 11-year-old girl helped save the life of a near drowning victim on Wednesday afternoon at an Antioch apartment complex.

The incident involving 12-year-old victim, Bineta Majhi, occurred at Hickory Lakes Apartments located at 3939 Apache Trail just after 1:30 p.m.  

Majhi was swimming in nine feet of water, along with several other children when she went underwater.

"The last I heard from her was she said, 'Look! I can swim in the nine feet!' Then I didn't hear any more from her," recalled Jermyasha Scales, who helped pull Majhi to safety.

Scales told Nashville's News 2 after a few minutes someone spotted Majhi at the bottom of the pool and that she was not moving or coming back to the surface.

"I was like, 'Is she okay?' and they were like, 'I don't know, I don't know,'" she said.

Scales said she immediately became concerned for the other girl's safety.

"I didn't think or nothing. All I was thinking of was getting the little girl out of the water," she said.  "So that's when I went all the way to the bottom and I kind of put her on my shoulder almost and I got her up, I tried my best.  She was a little heavy, but I got her up on the concrete."

Nearby adults quickly sprung into action and assisted Scales.

"[Another child's father] actually pulled her out and another lady pulled her out and [another] lady was doing CPR to her," another witnessed said.

Scales, who is a self-taught swimmer, said she does not know Majhi, but would like to meet the girl she helped save.

Authorities said Majhi was visiting a friend at the apartment complex when the incident occurred.

She was transported to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and was last listed in critical condition.

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