KHQ.Com Exclusive: Teens Rescue Boy From Drowning At Independence Point
COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho. - 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.
"He started coming to. He started foaming at the mouth and a little bit of blood. His eyes started rolling back. He was conscious, really started screaming. He wasn't sure what was going on," said Bebout.
Coeur d'Alene Police say the boy's parents weren't at the beach at the time of the incident. They say instead two young teenage babysitters were in charge of watching the young child as he swam. The child was transported to Kootenai Medical Center for observation and later released.
As for the heroes of Friday's rescue, they said they didn't think twice about what they should do.
"I think about my little sister being four years old, and I would want nothing like that to happen to her, and I would always want someone to do what I did for that little boy for my sister," said Bebout.
No lifeguards were in the area of the near drowning. Coeur d'Alene Recreation Director Steve Anthony says it is hard for lifeguards to be able to see everything along the large beach area. He says they discourage people from swimming in the area of the steps at Independence Point because there are no lifeguards on duty in that area. He says anyone that chooses to swim there does at their own risk and all kids should be watched closely by adult supervision.
*This web story was filed by KHQ Reporter Mike Perry
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