Boys saved from frigid lake by woman and her daughter
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:17 PM CT
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2012 3:18 PM CT
A clerk who works at a northern Manitoba RCMP office led a harrowing life-saving effort that prevented two boys from drowning.
Melody Harper was driving with her 12-year-old daughter Kalvina last Sunday in Garden Hill First Nation when they saw two small boys on a rock by the water’s edge.
When one of them suddenly fell into the water, Harper pulled over and dashed with her daughter through brush to the rock.
When they arrived, the two boys were floating face down in the frigid water and appeared to be unconscious, RCMP said in a press release.
Handing her cellphone to her daughter to call for help, Harper jumped into the water and swam to the children.
"I didn't have time, or I didn't even think about myself. I thought about those two," she said in an interview.
She reached one boy, aged four, then pulled him to shore and passed him to her daughter.
She then swam back for the second child, a three-year-old boy, and got him to shore as well.
The four-year-old boy became conscious and alert quickly after being pulled from the water.
However, the three-year-old boy was not breathing.
"I gave him mouth-to-mouth, and I kept on doing that until little bit by bit, water came out from his nose and his mouth," Harper said.
Both children were then rushed to the local nursing station.
The older boy was cared for and released while the younger one was airlifted to hospital in Winnipeg for further treatment.
Both boys have now recovered.
According to RCMP, the boys had wandered away from family members.
Garden Hill is located in the Island Lake region, about 600 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
Latest Manitoba News Headlines
- Winnipeg's tallest highrise to go up at Graham, Garry
- Winnipeg's skyline is in for a major change, after developers announced plans for a new highrise to go up in the downtown area. more »
- Winnipeg's downtown too sparse for grocers, report says
- A former grocer thinks downtown Winnipeg has few grocery options because there are still too few people living downtown and the ones that do have a variety of demands. more »
- Kids of MANFF officials paid for mileage, overtime
- The agency in charge of disbursing federal money to 2011 flood evacuees paid thousands of dollars in overtime and mileage expenses –in some cases, to a senior official or the children of senior officials, CBC News has learned. more »
- Camerata Nova joins forces with John K. Samson
- Troubadours and Tricksters brings together the 14 singers of Camerata Nova with musicians John K. Samson and Christine Fellows. more »
Top News Headlines
- Mike Duffy says his actions 'do not merit criticism'
- Senator Mike Duffy said in a statement Wednesday he's confident that when Canadians know all the facts about his spending claims they will conclude his actions "do not merit criticism." more »
- Ford ally says mayor told to limit comments on alleged crack video
- Legal advice may be behind Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's decision to stay silent in the wake of allegations he was recorded smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. more »
- 'You will see him again in heaven,' Sharlene Bosma tells daughter
- Sharlene Bosma told more than 1,000 people at the public memorial service for her slain husband, Tim Bosma, about the love they shared. more »
- Obama to visit Oklahoma following deadly tornado
- Rescue workers raced to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children. more »
- Emterra crew dumps trash, recycling in same truck
- 'Unbelievable' rain soaks southern Manitoba
- Castoff couches, mattresses choking Winnipeg alleys
- Man dies after car plunges into Winnipeg pond
- Manitobans weigh into the senate scandal
- Legendary grocer Joe Cantor dies
- Manitoba residents question weather warning system
- Winnipeg house fire sends 1 to hospital
- Winnipeg car-sharing program doubles fleet