Noblesville police Lt. Bruce Barnes credited with saving Travis Gaines, 18, of Ky., on Fla. beach

18-year-old injured neck in dive

INDIANAPOLIS - A Noblesville police officer is credited with helping save the life of an 18-year-old Kentucky boy injured on a Florida beach.

Travis Gaines, a high school baseball player from Lexington, was visiting Destin, Fla., with his team last week when he misjudged the water depth and struck a sandbar, injuring his neck, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Noblesville police Lt. Bruce Barnes, who was visiting the beach with his family on spring break, spotted the boy in distress and rushed to his aid.

"Lt. Barnes was on the beach and pulled the young man from the water, taking appropriate precautions for neck injuries. Bruce and a vacationing paramedic firefighter from Southfield, Mich., resuscitated the young man while waiting on local paramedics to arrive," Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said.

Gaines is recovering at a Pensacola hospital. His family thanked Barnes for his quick thinking on a Facebook page in Gaines' name .

"For it not for his keen eye to recognize that Travis was in distress from several yards away, quick thinking to pull Travis to safety and preserve his neck, we would all be attending a funeral this week instead; and would not have the hope that he may once again walk some day in the future," the family wrote.

Jowitt said Barnes only agreed to share news of the rescue with the hope that it could help Gaines' family raise money for his medical care .

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