Man, 24, nearly drowns in Miami-Dade

Jeremy Sawyer under water 10 minutes

Published On: Sep 08 2013 05:40:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 09 2013 08:56:34 AM EDT
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MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -

Police say a man in Northwest Miami-Dade nearly drowned Sunday afternoon.

The brother of the victim, Jeremy Sawyer, 24, said Sawyer was seen getting into a lake behind the house where they were having a family get together at 14120 NW 14th Avenue. The brother said Sawyer was under the water for 10 minutes.

Because the first responders were not certified scuba divers, they had to wait until the second responders, who were certified scuba divers, to pull Sawyer out of the water.

Sawyer was taken to the hospital in critical condition

According to the brother, Sawyer suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia, has had brain surgery and had a stroke two years ago.