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Lifeguards rescue child at The Beach

Lifeguards at Cloquet's swimming pond rescued a 9-year-old boy Friday afternoon, performing CPR and reviving the boy before he was taken away by ambulance.

Cloquet Area Fire District officials confirmed the boy was taken from The Beach at Pinehurst Park to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. They could not release his name due to privacy concerns.

Cloquet Community Education Director Ruth Reeves said she also could not identify the boy but noted that he was sitting up and crying in the ambulance before it left.

"I commend all the lifeguards and, in particular, Kayla (Cresap) Cotner, the aquatics coordinator," Reeves said. "She does an outstanding job of recruiting and training these young people in all aspects of their job, from enforcing rules to training and training and training them on things like CPR, which you hope you never have to use."

The community education director called the rescue a team effort, and noted that two lifeguards worked to revive the boy while others cleared the pool, called 9-1-1 and opened the gate for the ambulance.

"They did an outstanding job," Reeves added. "They did what they were supposed to do."

Pool patrons also stepped in. One person who was very experienced helped coach and support the lifeguards giving the child CPR.

"It's good to know there are Good Samaritans out there who will also step up," Reeves said.

Serious incidents at the community pool are rare. In 2011, a 6-year-old boy drowned at the swimming pond, the only drowning at the city facility since it opened in 1977. The boy had come to the pool with a Duluth childcare group, and was found in three feet of water with a faint pulse and later died at CMH. He wasn't wearing a life jacket and had no obvious signs of trauma.

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