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Quick action saves 2-year-old found face-down in water in Otter Tail County

“The firefighter’s training and experience proved essential in the life-saving efforts,” according to the news release. “It’s estimated life-saving efforts were performed for roughly one minute before the child began to breathe again, prior to the arrival of first-responders.”

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A 2-year-old boy had a close call on Sunday after his family found him face-down in water on the shore of Sand Lake, north of Pelican Rapids.

According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the near-drowning was reported just before 11 a.m. at a lake home where several families had gathered for the weekend. In the late morning, family members realized the boy, whose name was not released, was nowhere to be found. They searched for him inside and outside the residence, and the boy’s father found him in the water near shore.

Fortunately, at the family gathering was a 42-year-old firefighter from South Dakota, who immediately started CPR life-saving efforts, while his 16-year-old daughter called 911.

“The firefighter’s training and experience proved essential in the life-saving efforts,” according to the news release. “It’s estimated life-saving efforts were performed for roughly one minute before the child began to breathe again, prior to the arrival of first-responders.”

The boy was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, where he was listed in stable condition Monday morning.

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Otter Tail County deputies, Ringdahl Ambulance and Pelican Rapids police responded to the scene.

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