Teen nearly drowns in Sacramento River

7:07 PM, Jun 17, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A 14-year-old girl nearly drowned at Miller Park along the Sacramento River Sunday afternoon.

The teen was pulled out of the water by bystanders who began CPR. Sacramento firefighters began CPR within 4 to 5 minutes of a call they received at 3:07 pm.

It's not clear how long the teen was in the water before she was pulled out by a young man who went in as the girl's body drifted downstream.

Family members called 911 for a possible drowning after the girl's aunt began screaming for help when a boat's wake separated the pair in the water along the river bank.

"I tried to go forward. The water was so strong it was pushing me back, said Joselynnda Barry, the girl's aunt.  "I was so in shock I couldn't breathe. And then I saw her and I tried to go for her but then the wave was pushing her back, too."

Firefighters told News Ten the teen's heart began beating and her blood pressure returned as she was on her way to U.C. Davis Medical center in an ambulance.

There was no information immediately available on her current condition.

Fire officials said the teen was not wearing a life jacket.


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