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GoFundMe set up for 19-year old who nearly drowned at Fugitive Beach

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David Jackson (Credit: Family photo/GoFundMe) David Jackson (Credit: Family photo/GoFundMe)
ROLLA (KMOV.com) -

The Missouri State Highway was called to a Rolla quarry on Tuesday after a man was in need of rescue. 

On Aug. 8, responding patrolmen arrived at Fugitive Beach before 3:00 p.m. after a call went out for a near drowning. Fugitive Beach is located five miles south of Rolla, Missouri, off County Road 5285. 

The Highway Patrol said 19-year-old David Jackson was swimming in the water when he became submerged and did not resurface. A lifeguard pulled the man from the water and he was later transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Emoly Vazquez and Sydney Zarate were spending that day at Fugitive Beach and witness every unfold.

"I heard a guy start yelling help," said Vazquez, who immediately responded to that call for help and jumped into the water to start looking for Jackson. "I have never swam that fast. To get over there though was just pure adrenaline. It wasn't even a question i had to go over there and I have to do this," said Vazquez. 

After what they describe as about 20 minutes, lifeguards and emergency responders pulled Jackson out of the water unconscious, but alive. 

"I just remember there was a little girl right next to me that was watching and to see her see it...I have a loss for words for it," said Zarate. 

This is the third drowning incident at Fugitive Beach in the last few years. Most recently, 18-year-old Kalon Green of Belleville drowned at the swimming area in June. In 2014, 6-year-old Noah Cook of Fenton drowned there as well. None of the boys were wearing life jackets at the time. 

After Cook drowned in 2014, Fugitive Beach changed their rules saying all children are 10 are required to wear a life jacket in or near the water. Vazquez and Zarate said that it costs $5 to rent a life jacket and those in charge were not enforcing the rule, just recommending it. 

Vazquez and Zarate described the area as 12 feet deep where Jackson went under.

"The way that the lake is, the lifeguards are only on the edges and the lake is pretty large, and he was in the dead middle of the lake," said Vazquez.

 Witnessing something so startling is not scaring either of them away. 

"It was hard to see that, but I think that we would go back," said Zarate. 

"No one was at fault for that. It was a freak accident," said Vazquez. 

A gofundme has been created to help pay for Jackson's medical expenses. 

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