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Wildlife and Fisheries agents save drowning toddler

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LIVINGSTON PARISH - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents were on regular patrol near the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish when they happened across the chance to to save a life.

The attention of the LDWF agents was grabbed when they heard a woman beckoning for help. She was crying out because her son was drowning.

Agents said they found the child floating face down in a nearby home's swimming pool and moved quickly to pull him from the water.

The day could have been saved then and there, but agents found the child unresponsive and not breathing.

That's when they jumped into action and performed CPR on the boy until they were able to detect a pulse.

"This small child went from a zero percent chance of survival at least to a ten or twenty percent chance just by pulling him out," said Senior Agent Michael Marques, Jr. of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

After the heroic efforts of the responsive agents, the toddler was airlifted to a hospital in Baton Rouge where he is expected to make a full recovery.

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