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SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010, 6:15 A.M.

Fast Action Saves 4YO From Drowning

A 4-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after bystanders pulled his lifeless body out of Coeur d'Alene Lake at Independence Point. Witnesses say they have no idea how long the boy was floating face down in the water before being rescued. It happened shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Some people noticed the boy floating by himself in the water and started yelling for someone to jump in after him. That's when Brian Best and Darin Anderson jumped into action. "As soon as we hear her yell we jumped out there," said Brian Best. "I picked him up and started coming back and I handed him to my buddy Darin here." "He was white, he had purple lips and he wasn't breathing," said Darin Anderson. Once the child got to land, Misty Bebout ran over to help out. "He was completely blue, his eyes were in the back of his head," said Misty Bebout. Misty, along with another man, Gabe Piper, started CPR. Fortunately they were able to save him/Mike Perry, KHQ. More here. (Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street shot this photo of City Beach, looking back toward Independence Point, Friday afternoon.)

Question: How old were your children before you allowed them to swim unsupervised in one of the local lakes or rivers?

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