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June 02, 2014

Early CPR by dad saves Wash. boy from drowing

He fell off of a houseboat; paramedics arrived and gave the boy oxygen until the ambulance got there

By Stevie Mathieu
The Columbian

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — A 9-month-old boy nearly drowned in Ridgefield on Sunday afternoon but was likely saved by the quick action of his father, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue.

The boy, Hank Duncan, was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said.

The child’s family was at one of the houseboats near the marina in Ridgefield when he fell into Lake River at about 3:40 p.m., Dawdy said. When his family pulled him out of the water, he was blue and not breathing.

The boy’s father, Wes Duncan of Shelton, performed CPR on the child before paramedics arrived, Dawdy said. He was later assisted by his father’s girlfriend, who is a registered nurse. Paramedics then arrived and gave the boy oxygen until the ambulance got there, Duncan said.

“This is a case where someone doing fast and effective CPR made a huge difference in the outcome,” Dawdy said.

Hank Duncan had to stay overnight at the hospital, but was laughing and smiling, his father said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
“I feel pretty blessed,” Wes Duncan said. He added that with the weather getting warmer, the incident is a good reminder that parents need to watch their kids more around water

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