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Eagan Police: 2-Year-Old Saved From Near Drowning At YMCA

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Thanks to the quick thinking of a lifeguard, a 2-year-old boy is home safe Tuesday night.

The boy was swimming at the Eagan YMCA when he became unresponsive just after 10 a.m. Monday.

A lifeguard pulled him out of the water and performed CPR for three to five minutes.

Katie Gross takes her two children to the Y's pool every week.

"It's a fun place to hang out and it's a good place to get out in the winter when it's nice and cold," Gross said.

The YMCA's zero-depth pool is a popular place for kids this time of year. But it became the site of a rescue when the 2-year-old nearly drowned.

The boy was in a child-care class, and swimming was part of the class's free time.

The boy was with 11 other kids in about two feet of water. Two supervisors and two lifeguards were watching.

The YMCA says the boy may have had a medical emergency that caused him to end up face down in the water.

He was underwater for just under a minute when a lifeguard pulled him out of the pool and began CPR.

After a few minutes, the boy came back to consciousness.

"[The lifeguard is] an unsung hero who will never understand what she had to do to make sure that we have a child that is not only able to recover and enjoy life, but also an opportunity for her to display her skills and why she's trained and show that professionalism," YMCA executive director Mike Lavin said.

The boy was released from Children's Hospital Tuesday and is expected to be fine.


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