Clay Metro was 3 years old when he fell into
a pool and nearly died. CPR saved his life,
and now his mother is on a mission to keep
kids safe in the water.
BY JULIE RASICOT | PHOTOS BY SKIP BROWN
THE DAY WAS HEATING up that morning in
Bethany Beach as Laura and Matt Metro tried
to figure out when each could squeeze in a run.
;ey’d arrived a few days earlier from Potomac
with their 3-year-old son, Clay, and 6-year-old
daughter, Maison, to spend a week at Laura’s
father’s house while he was on an Alaskan cruise.
Laura liked to take Champ, her dad’s Akita pit
bull mix, with her on runs into town to burn o;
the dog’s excess energy.
The Metros consider themselves “water
people”—they’re always at the pool or the beach,
or boating and fishing on the Potomac River—and
the June 2011 trip was one of many visits to Beth-
any to enjoy time with family and friends. Another
couple had joined them at the beach house, and
their two young daughters were playing with Clay
and Maison. “Just go take the dog,” one of Laura
and Matt’s friends suggested. “We’ll take the kids
to the pool and we’ll see you in 45 minutes.”
Laura and Matt headed out, agreeing to
meet everyone at the pool when they got back.
After their run, they were approaching the pool
grounds in the middle of the development’s cul-
de-sac when Maison ran frantically out of the
“I think Clay died!” she screamed. “I think
Hot and sweaty from her run, Laura couldn’t
process what her daughter was saying. ;en she
heard her friend screaming, too, telling them to
let go of the dog and “run, just run.”
Laura and Matt raced into the pool area and
then toward the deep end, where Clay was lying
on the deck. Matt’s close friend from high school
was attempting CPR on the small boy after pull-
ing him from the bottom of the pool. ;eir son
was blue and lifeless.
NEARLY SIX YEARS LATER, Laura and Matt,
both 42, are sitting in the sunroom of their Dutch
colonial in March talking about the Saturday that
changed their lives forever. For Laura, the details
of the accident are as vivid as if it happened last
week. Matt has chosen to let the memories fade,
not wanting to relive the worst day of his life.
No one really knows how Clay ended up in
the water, or how long he was there before he
was discovered. ;ere was no lifeguard on duty
at the time. What Laura and Matt have pieced
together is this: Clay most likely tripped over his
towel and fell in as he walked along the deck from