Logan teen talks about fight to save man found in river

Cameron Tomblin was close-by when Malcolm Meade, 49, was swimming backward and hit his head on one of those rocks.

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LOGAN, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A man pulled from the Guyandotte River in Logan Monday night did not survive.

It's a terrible loss for his family and for the young boy who tried his best to save him.

"It was deep and a good swimming spot, but down through here -- it gets real shallow and there are rocks that stick out of the water," Cameron Tomblin, a 14-year-old boy, said.

Tomblin was close-by when Malcolm Meade, 49, was swimming backward and hit his head on one of those rocks.

Tomblin rushed over to help Meade who was floating face down.

"He wasn't breathing," Tomblin said. "I pulled him over to the sidewalk, lifted him up onto the sidewalk and started giving him CPR."

He got someone to call 911 and continued doing CPR until more help arrived.

"He did an excellent job because he realized the man was in trouble and was able to get him to shore," Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said.

Tomblin kept Meade alive long enough for him to be taken to the hospital -- where he later died.

The next day, Tomblin went back to where it all happened - to search for Meade's family and check on them.

"I was hoping he would be OK so he could come home to his family," Tomblin said.

Emergency responders say there's nothing else Tomblin could have done, and they were extremely impressed with how he handled the whole situation.

Police say the area where this happened is not a safe place to swim, especially on days like Monday when the water was high and moving quickly.


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