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Off-duty fire captain, Good Samaritan awarded for saving drowning toddler in Okanagan Lake

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An off-duty Penticton fireplace captain and a Good Samaritan have been acknowledged by the BC Life Saving Society on Saturday for his or her heroic efforts rescuing a drowning baby in Okanagan Lake final summer season.

Penticton resident Meghan Thompson and her daughters, aged 8 and 11, have been having fun with the day in June at Manitou Seashore and Park in Naramata when a near-tragedy occurred.

Thompson’s daughters have been within the lake taking part in after they noticed a toddler floating head down within the water.

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Her eldest daughter, Kennedy, got here working onto the seaside to alert her mother.

“She got here working out to me and mentioned, ‘mother, I would like your assist, I don’t assume this child is OK,’” Thompson instructed World Information.

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Thompson mentioned she dropped every little thing and ran waist-deep into the lake.

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“I grabbed the child — he was simply so heavy, he was utterly unresponsive. He was floating together with his legs and arms huge open on the very prime of the water, face-down,” she recalled.

“I ran again to the shore and I used to be yelling at this level, ‘Any person assist me, Any person assist me.’”

Fortuitously, Chad Taylor was on the seaside that day. The off-duty firefighter sprang into motion and started performing CPR on the 18-month previous boy.

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“To be trustworthy, I didn’t know what the result was going to be,” Taylor mentioned.

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“I can’t recall how lengthy I used to be doing CPR, simply lower than a couple of minutes and he began to make some noises and are available round, so his color got here again, his pulse got here again, he began respiratory, so yeah it was a really intense scene.”

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The toddler’s household was close by, however seemingly unaware he had wandered off.

Chad’s CPR was in a position to convey the boy again to consciousness as he coughed, vomited, and started to regain his regular color.

The pair stayed with the boy and his mom till emergency providers arrived to hurry the boy to the hospital the place he made a full restoration.

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Thompson and Taylor have been two of fifteen British Columbians acknowledged by the BC Life Saving Society at a digital awards ceremony on Saturday.

They have been introduced Silver Medals for Bravery.

“Yearly we award members of the general public who’ve made water-related rescues, and it was Chad and Meghan who rescued a baby out of Okanagan Lake final 12 months, so we wished to acknowledge them with rescue awards for having saved a life from drowning,” mentioned government director Dale Miller.

Salmon Arm boy Cody Krabbendam was additionally acknowledged with a bravery award for rescuing one other boy struggling within the water and not using a life-jacket.

Cody Krabbendam of Salmon Arm can be amongst 15 recipients of Bravery Awards from the Lifesaving Society on the 109th Annual Honour & Rescue Award Ceremony.


Krabbendam additionally obtained the George A. Brown Memorial award and scholarship for essentially the most heroic rescue carried out by a pre-teen.

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Because the 2021 summer season season approaches, Miller encourages beachgoers to take security precautions close to the water.

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“Many individuals can be stunned that we’ve already had 9 drownings this 12 months and we simply coming as much as the great climate the place lots of people can be out of our stunning waterways, so we need to remind all people, in case you’re out in a ship, please put on a life-jacket,” he mentioned.

“Mother and father must be very near their youngsters when they’re round water and ensuring their baby is carrying a private flotation system, and know the waters you’re going into.”

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