May 27, 2018 10:22 PM
A 3-year-old girl was pulled from a lake in Arden Hills Saturday.
And authorities are crediting the quick thinking of another juvenile - 11 year old Everett Melling - for her rescue.
The Ramsey County Sheriff's Department confirmed deputies responded to Lake Johanna, near Tony Schmidt Park, Saturday afternoon after receiving a report of an unresponsive 3-year-old girl who had been pulled from the water.
"Her head was under water," Everett Melling said. "She wasn't moving at all."
He swam toward her. And said, at first, he thought she might be playing a game. But he quickly realized he needed to get help from his mom.
"I just started screaming 'Drowning! Drowning!'" his mother, Elena Melling, said.
They said people on the beach immediately went into the water to get her.
"I dove in too," Everett Melling said. "We get her to the shore. There's some nurses that know CPR. And they do that."
The nurses just happened to be on the beach when it happened.
"I heard someone say 'She has a pulse,' and someone else said she was breathing on her own," Elena Melling said. "She was coughing."
The girl then began breathing, and a deputy administered oxygen to her until medical responders arrived.
A sheriff's department spokesperson said the 3-year-old was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and is expected to recover.
"I feel like it was a miracle, because by the time he told me, and I reacted, and other people reacted, she was face down in that water for so long and not struggling," Elena Melling said.
"It was amazing they were able to revive her. I was so thankful."
She said it's a wake-up call - knowing what could have happened if there wasn't anyone trained in CPR on the beach. She and Everett plan to become certified.
"We need to know how to respond in these situations and be ready," she said.
She also said this is a reminder to parents to always keep an eye on their kids.
"Realize the beast that water is and recognize the danger," she said. "As much fun as it is."
In addition to the sheriff's department, the Lake Johanna Fire Department and Allina medics all responded to the scene.
Officials confirm there were no life guards on the beach when the incident happened.
The beach is one of five guarded beaches in Ramsey County. But the beach season doesn't officially start until June 9.
Updated: May 27, 2018 10:22 PM
Created: May 27, 2018 02:53 PM
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