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Mendon Boy Saved From River
Friday May 11, 2018 2:31pm
Mendon, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(photo courtesy of Google Maps)

(MENDO) - A Mendon boy is doing well after being rescued from the St. Joseph River.

Michigan State Police say Trooper Gantert heard a dispatch just before 5 PM Wednesday of a possible drowning victim in Mendon. He responded to Mill Street near Fremont Street to assist if possible.

When he arrived, Trooper Gantert was told the boy and his sister had been playing near the river when the child fell in. His sister jumped in and grabbed him and held on to a tree limb until their father came and pulled them both out of the river.

Gantert saw the boy was in a state of agonal breathing and was still in significant danger of dying. He began rescue breathing while Mendon Police and Fire personnel monitored the child's pulse and air intake. Gantert performed rescue breathing for over 15 minutes and eventually the boy began to breathe more regularly and coughing up water.

The child was taken by ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo for further medical attention. Police officials say the boy will make a full recovery.
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