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Boy narrowly escapes death at Lake MaloneyTell North Platte what you think

A small, lifeless boy was resuscitated Saturday afternoon after he was pulled from the waters at Lake Maloney near the recreation area at Kansas Point, near the lake's inlet. 

The 2.5 year-old-boy snuck away from a campsite around 4:45 p.m. and went into the water, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.

The boy's father, Jason N. Blankenship, 29, told investigators that he and another individual were setting up camp and the boy slipped out of his sight. Blankenship said they immediately started looking for the boy.

The boy was found in the water and when he was pulled out, he was lifeless, according to the sheriff's office. A woman arrived from a nearby campsite, administered CPR and resuscitated him.

The woman asked not to be named because she did what was needed and doesn't need recognition. She said she is not a registered nurse, as the sheriff's office reported, but is trained in CPR.

The woman lost track of time as she administered CPR and didn't know how long it took. Finally, boy finally emitted a small whimper and eventually coughed up water. She carried him toward the gate to meet the rescue unit.

The boy was taken to Great Plains Health medical center for an overnight stay. He is fine and is not expected to have any long term effects, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said the incident was accidental and no criminal charges were filed.  


This report was published Monday morning and updated Tuesday afternoon after talking to the woman who administered CPR. If you have information about any news event, contact George at george@northplattebulletin.com  or call the Bulletin at 308-696-0052.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/4/2014
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