Gilchrist County Fire Rescue responds to near-drowning at Ginnie Springs


  Units from Gilchrist County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a drowning at Ginnie Springs on Wednesday (Aug. 12th) just after 5pm. During the response, the caller advised the GCFR that staff from Ginnie Springs were administering first aid and were utilizing an automated external defibrillator.

The victim was reportedly snorkeling with friends in the main spring area when they noticed him unresponsive under the water. The patient was treated and transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition the following morning.

According to the GCFR, there are no additional updates at this time.

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Ginnie Springs is a privately owned park in Gilchrist County about 6.5 miles northwest of High Springs. It is a located on the south side of the Santa Fe River, to which it is connected.

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