GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A quick-thinking bystander saved an 8-year-old boy from drowning at Blue Lake Monday afternoon.
“There was a boy just beyond the ropes there and he looked like he was struggling,” Jonn Myers, who witnessed the rescue, told KOIN 6 News.
Around 1 p.m., a woman on the beach at Blue Lake saw a young boy go under the water, Capt. Jay Cross with Gresham Fire & Rescue said. The 8-year-old was fighting to keep his head above the water when the woman dove in, reached the boy and pulled him back up.
He did not appear to be breathing and she yelled for people on the beach to call 911.
“His lips were blue, his eyes were rolled back into his head,” Myers explained. “She grabbed him, started pulling him ashore, yelling for help.”
When the woman and child reached shore, Myers said an ER doctor who happened to be at the lake ran over and began performing CPR.
“After about 5 minutes he threw up a whole bunch of water out of his stomach and lungs,” Myers said.
The child then began breathing again. Once paramedics arrived, they transported the boy to the hospital as a precaution.
“It seems the activity of getting brought back to shore helped him,” Cross told KOIN 6 News.
The boy, who does not speak English, was startled by all the activity around him when he woke back up. Cross said the boy’s father arrived soon after.