Passersby likely saved life of woman swim­mer in dis­tress in Lake Erie

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

LONG POINT, Ont. — Pro­vin­cial po­lice say passersby came to the aid of a woman who went into dis­tress while swim­ming in Lake Erie.

Const. Ed Sanchuk says the 33-year-old woman and a sixyear-old child were swim­ming in the lake at Long Point, Ont., on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say she went into dis­tress as she at­tempted to make her way back to shore. Sanchuk says wit­nesses went to her aid and pulled her out of the wa­ter and im­me­di­ately be­gan car­dio-pul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion, prob­a­bly sav­ing her life.

He says the child, who was wear­ing a per­sonal flota­tion de­vice, was scared, but OK.

The woman was taken to hos­pi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment. “Young chil­dren or non-swim­mers should al­ways wear a PFD while in the wa­ter in case they be­come in dis­tress,” Sanchuk said Thurs­day. “This can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween sur­viv­ing, or not.”

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