Wildlife agents help save toddler from drowning
MAUREPAS - State wildlife agents helped save a three-year-old boy from drowning in a Livingston Parish swimming pool this weekend, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Spokesperson Adam Einck said Lt. Louis Burnett and Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. were in a boat patrolling Amite River Diversion Canal the evening of May 10 when a woman on a dock flagged them down. She said a three-year-old boy had been found face down in her pool a few minutes ago.
Einck said Marques ran to the pool and rendered first aid, helping clear water out of the child's airways and getting him to start breathing again while Burnett radioed for paramedics and secured their boat. Volunteer firefighters showed up shortly after to give the child oxygen until Acadian Ambulance could get a helicopter in to fly the boy to the hospital.
The child was admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and is expected to make a full recovery.
"Everybody involved did a great job to keep this child alive," said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "Senior Agent Marques' efforts were heroic and the fact he acted so quickly probably saved the child's life."
The agents said a man at the home told them he'd been watching the child when he turned his back to gather some fishing poles. When he was finished he said he found the boy face down in the pool. The man said he got the boy out and started CPR before the agents made it to the scene.