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Lifeguards quickly react to diving championship injury

A swimmer is forever grateful for two lifeguards after a diving accident (Source: WALB) A swimmer is forever grateful for two lifeguards after a diving accident (Source: WALB)
Knapton believes her head it the water, causing her to lose consciousness (Source: WALB) Knapton believes her head it the water, causing her to lose consciousness (Source: WALB)
Abi Knapton, Drew Davis, Brandon Cook (Source: WALB) Abi Knapton, Drew Davis, Brandon Cook (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Two Moultrie lifeguards are being called heroes after a diver injured herself during the USA Diving National Championships.

Lifeguards Drew Davis and Brandon Cook stood by Abi Knapton's side after the accident.

While competing for the Nebraska Dive Team, Knapton did a reverse dive from the springboard and hit her hands. She believes she hit the water so hard it caused her to lose consciousness for a few minutes.

Within seconds, the lifeguards were by her side. They helped her out of the water and onto a spine board.

"They reacted so fast, it was amazing. I've been to dive meets where there have been some bad accidents and the lifeguards just sit there because they think we can handle it ourselves. So I'm really appreciative they went in after me," said Knapton.

"When I got in the water, I really didn't have to think a lot about what to do because we're well trained and we do in-services. Drew knew what to do without me having to tell him, or him having to tell me. We worked together as a team because of our training," said Cook.

Abby says she's doing well and she'll continue to compete.

She adds she'll be forever grateful to Brandon and Drew for their quick response.

There are still two days left to enjoy the 2016 AT&T USA Diving National Championships.

The events are continuing at Moss Farms Diving in Moultrie.

Tickets are $10 but are only required on competition days.

Copyright 2016 WALB.  All rights reserved.

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