Toddler revived following near drowning at Rexburg Rapids

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REXBURG – The Rexburg Police are hailing two good Samaritans for their efforts in saving and in helping to revive an 18-month-old girl who drowned at Rexburg Rapids on Thursday.

Rexburg Police Captain Gary Hagen reported that two men noticed the toddler floating face down in the water and retrieved her from the pool. Police and emergency responders were called around 3:53 p.m.

 “They saw her floating in the water and pulled her out. They began life saving efforts with the assistance of the lifeguard,” he said.

 The child at one point was not breathing, but thanks to the two men’s and the life guard’s efforts, the toddler started breathing on her own. First Responders quickly arrived and took the little girl to Madison Memorial Hospital.

Upper Valley resident Sarah Welker witnessed the incident yesterday.

 “I was sitting in the water watching my kids by the three feet area. A guy had the girl in his arms and carried her to the lifeguard standing on the concrete behind us. She did not look good. She was (an) ashen color and was lifeless,” she said.

Welker reported that Rexburg Rapid’s officials moved swimmers onto the grass while efforts were made to revive the toddler.

 “The staff at Rexburg Rapids, the mom, the two bystanders who preformed life saving efforts, the police officers, first responders, and the guy that carried this girl quickly to the lifeguards were all a critical part (in) saving this little girl,” she said.

The little girl had been at Rexburg Rapids with her family and wandered into the deeper section of the kiddie pool, Hagan said.

 “She kept walking and went to the deep end by the rope. She just went under. She walked toward the ropes and ended up going underneath,” he said.

The little girl inhaled water before being pulled out by the two good Samaritans.

 Hagen said that considering the trauma the child experienced, she is in stable condition. 

 “It sounded as of last night, that she was doing good,” he said.

 Hagen warned families to be cautious around water and even at Rexburg Rapids.

 “Everybody just needs to be cognizant of where they’re children are at. Take swimming measures - life jackets and stuff life that,” he said.

 The names of the little girl and the good Samaritans have not been released yet as Rexburg Police continue updating their report. The Standard Journal would like to talk to the two men who saved this little girl’s life. Please call the newspaper at 208-356-5441 x15 and ask for Lisa.

 REXBURG – A two-year-old child suffered a near drowning Thursday at Rexburg Rapids.

Rexburg police reported that CPR was initiated on the child, who, at one point, was unresponsive and not breathing. 

The child eventually regained consciousness and breathed on its own. 

“Police arrived on scene, and found the child was breathing and had a good pulse,” officers said in their report.

First responders arrived and took the child to Madison Memorial Hospital.

As more information is made available, the Standard Journal will update this story.

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