12-year-old still critical after incident at reservoir

A 12-year-old boy remains in critical condition at Wesley Hospital in Wichita after almost drowning in the Marion County Lake Saturday.

Authorities were alerted to the incident at 9:45 a.m. when a 911 call was received at Marion County Communica?tions about a possible drowning.

Marion County Lake Super?in?tendent Steve Hudson, set up command along with volunteers and an off-duty Newton firefighter, to search for the victim before authorities arrived at the scene, according to Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft.

?The victim was found with the use of a rescue pole while another volunteer helped pull the victim to the surface,? he said.

Once out of the water, the boy was taken to a dock not breathing. Marion County Emergency Medical Services, the off-duty firefighter and fire and rescue personnel began administering CPR.

?The rescue workers were able to get a pulse from the victim, who was taken to St. Luke Hospital and later airlifted to Wesley Hospital,? he said.

In addition to the sheriff?s office responding, other agencies assisting in the rescue included the Kansas Highway Patrol, Marion Police, Marion County EMS, Marion Fire and Rescue.

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