LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - He says help came in the nick of time. A man who got stuck in a Lexington pond says he likely would have died if one of his coworkers hadn't jumped in and rescued him.
James Marshall, 38 of Georgetown, says he had just cut off the top of a drain pipe in the pond last week when the force nearly drown him.
He has several contusions all over his body and is so sore that he can barely move but says he's just thankful to be alive.
"I was cutting a piece of drain pipe underwater for the pond that we was draining," said Marshall.
Only his second day on the job turned into a life or death situation in seconds.
"It was just a freak accident. It could have happened to anybody," said Marshall. "If I wasn't there that day, it would have happened somebody else."
A drain pipe in a pond with lots of force behind it is what left Marshall with a broken sternum, a collapsed lung, and several cuts, bruises, and scrapes.
"Before I could get there, that's when it grabbed the pipe in my hand and me and pulled me completely under and smashed me into the pipe that was under water, so there was no warning," said Marshall.
The undertow of a 10-inch PVC pipe almost drown him. Thankfully, a nearby coworker came to his rescue.
"Mark grabbed me from behind and let me free of the pipe. After all that happened, I didn't know what hit me," said Marshall. "I was in shock. I got back on the bank and apparently at that time he had been pulled down."
It was within hours of meeting that his coworker put his own life in danger for Marshall.
"He's a hero, yes. I label him my best friend, and I don't even know him," said Marshall.
The two talked for the first time since the accident yesterday and already Marshall says he knows this man will always be in his life.
"I told him thank you for saving my life," said Marshall. "And that I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him."
Marshall tells us he is on medical leave from work for at least a month. And he also says one of the coworkers who saved him is still in the hospital.