Pro soccer player Silva in critical condition after near drowning

A San Jose Earthquakes player is in critical condition after a swimming accident on the Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe.

Matheus Silva, 20, was airlifted to a Reno hospital after nearly drowning.

“His heart stopped and he wasn’t breathing,” Eric Guevin of the Tahoe Douglas Fire Department told the San Jose Mercury News.

According to the Mercury News, Silva was crying for help before going under icy water early Tuesday morning. Friends thought he was joking before Silva remained under water.

Friends pulled him out and administered CPR before medics revived Silva, the newspaper reported.

“Whatever the immediate cause he was in distress and the cold water played a major factor in that,” Guevin told the Mercury News. “We think it might have been a case of cold-water shock syndrome.”

The Earthquakes issues this statement on July 4:

“Matheus Silva had to be pulled out of the water while swimming in Lake Tahoe. After receiving life-saving resuscitation measures at the scene, he was transferred to a nearby hospital in Lake Tahoe and then airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. He is currently in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Matheus and his family and friends.”

Silva is currently on loan from the Earthquakes to the MLS club’s United Soccer League affiliate, Reno 1868.

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