Wichita man rescues woman from near drowning at Lake Afton

Published: Jun. 16, 2018 at 3:34 PM CDT
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A Wichita man rescues a woman from nearly drowning at Lake Afton Saturday.

Eddie Mcintosh says a lazy day at the lake turned into a moment he will never forget.

"I was out swimming in the lake, I seen a young man running around the corner, pointing, screaming something, turn around. I seen a young lady out in the lake floating."

Eddie says his intuition told him to move so he swam toward the 54-year-old woman who was floating face-down. The rescue was tougher than he imagined, and at one point he feared for his life.

"They say saving someone, you can also drowned too, and when I grabbed a hold of her I went under water too. I said Jesus please let us both make it back. It's scary. It was very scary. You don't know if you could lose your life along with it."

Eddie says by the grace of God they made it back to the shore.

"We had to do CPR on her, for about two minutes. She started to spit out water again, so I knew she was okay. I could tell she was having a seizure, so I stuck a stick in her mouth to keep her from biting down."

From there, the sheriff's office says another man gave her CPR and an ambulance took her to the hospital in serious condition.

While the sheriff's office is calling him a hero, he calls it God's intervention.

The Hospital says as of Sunday the woman remains in serious condition. Deputies say a medical condition caused the woman to go under the water.

Eddie says he wasn't wearing a life vest and neither was the woman. Something he regrets


One person was transported in critical condition to a local area hospital after nearly drowning at Lake Afton.

Sedgwick County EMS says the incident happened Saturday around 1:20 p.m.

Dispatchers did not release the age or identify of the person but says they were pulled from the water and CPR was immediately administered.

We are working to gather more information. Look for updates on-air and online.