Rescued girl recovering after ‘maybe 15 minutes’ in water in northern Ontario

Police in northeastern Ontario are hailing the life-saving efforts of some members of the public who helped save a child from drowning after she fell into a river in Swastika on Sunday.

At 7:40 p.m., members of the Kirkland Lake OPP Detachment responded to a report of a child who had fallen into the Blanche River at the Swastika duck pond.

In a series of Facebook posts, the girl’s father said she was probably in the water for about 15 minutes.

“Nearby members of the public reacted quickly, located the unresponsive victim, retrieved them from the water and began CPR,” police said in a statement on Facebook.

“Police arrived on scene and continued the lifesaving measures and were able to resuscitate the victim … The OPP would like to thank the members of the public for their quick actions and bravery in the rescuing of the child.”

The dad said the girl was flown to hospital in Sudbury the night of the incident. He expressed gratitude to the police, the members of the public on scene and all who have been wishing the family well.

“She was in the water maybe 15 minutes, we had to fish her out, she was not breathing right away, after CPR we got a heart beat and she coughed water and came back,” he wrote on Facebook.

“I wanted to say thank you to the gentleman who saw her in the water when we all searched and got her out and started CPR right away, those are critical moments, thank you for being out there!!! Thank you to the police who got there fast and continued and pushed through until her heart beat again.”

In an update, he said doctors had released his daughter from hospital. “A big sigh of relief. Everything is going to be OK,” he wrote.

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