Elba teen clings to life after nearly drowning

Published 08/01 2014 06:33PM

Updated 08/01 2014 08:25PM

"It's tough, because you know, you don't ever wish anything on anybody, especially a kid,” said William Moguel, who pulled 17-year-old Jordan Kelley out of the pool.  It happened at Moguel’s home on Pine Cove Drive in Elba yesterday. 

“I've never had to deal with anything like this.  I just wish that everybody would pray for the family,” said Moguel.

Witnesses say Jordan couldn't swim, so he and three other people were in the shallow end of the pool, swimming for about an hour.  But they say Jordan somehow made his way to the deep end, before someone realized he was at the bottom of the pool and not moving.

"My stepdaughter ran around and said that Jordan was at the bottom of the pool and he wasn't coming up,” Moguel said.  So we ran around, and a friend of mine jumped in first, but he had on a bunch of work clothes and it wouldn’t allow him to bring Jordan up, so I jumped in and I pulled Jordan out and just started CPR on him."

He was rushed to Medical Center Enterprise and then flown to a Birmingham hospital.  And while he's clinging to life, the family is clinging to hope for a good outcome.

"Jordan is a good kid, and he means well, and he's a good student in school, and things happen,” said Jordan’s uncle John Chism.

Elba Police Chief Freddy Hanchey says this is only the second time this has happened during his 35 years in office.

"We just ask everybody to use safety practices in whatever they're doing and just hope this unfortunate incident doesn't happen again,” Hanchey said.

Police and family members confirm Jordan is currently in critical condition, and the family is asking for the community's prayers.

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