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article imageToddler Thrown Into Lake By 30 MPH Winds Then Submerged For 15 Minutes Survives

By Michelle Duffy     Apr 20, 2008 in World
A two year old toddler has miraculously escaped unharmed after being whipped up in his buggy and into Lake Michigan. The little boy was completely submerged for 15 minutes before being rescued
It was perhaps a nightmare that the family of this lucky two year old would rather forget, but someone must have been smiling down on that child that day as despite being completely under water in the torrid storm for around 15 minutes, the toddler was rescued, unconscious, but nevertheless, alive.
With him at the time of the incident was the child's grandfather, who had been spending some quality time with his grandchild last Friday afternoon. The pair had been enjoying a walk along the 70 foot pier when suddenly the wind whipped up and took the child up into the air and into the lake still strapped in his stroller, which then dragged him down around 10 foot under the surface. The grandfather, panicked but still jumped into the frigid water after the child, and tried to save him, but found that the water and the wind was too fierce. Passers by alerted emergency teams after they heard the man shout in poor English, "Child! "Child!" One eye witness who called 011, John Dersheid said,
"He was just moaning in the breakwater, crying," He went on,
"(The scene) is going to stick with me for the rest of my life."
According to the Chicago Fire Department, the man had been very brave to jump in after the child into the harbour but failed to get anywhere near than a few feet nearer the toddler.
The wind had been blowing around the harbour of the lake at around 20 to 30 mph that afternoon, according to a local meteorologist.
The child was rescued after 15 minutes only unconscious. He is now said to be in a critical condition at Children's Memorial Hospital. The hospital staff have refused to comment on the child's condition now and whether it has or has not improved since the incident.
The heroic grandfather, in his 60's, was admitted to St. Joseph Hospital, where he was treated for mild exposure.
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