Three People Nearly Drown This Weekend
Three people nearly drowned in two separate incidents this past weekend, according to law enforcement reports.
The first incident happened about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a Natrona County Sheriff's deputy received a report of about a woman and a four-year-old girl found face-down in water at Bishop's Point at Pathfinder Lake, according to a sheriff's office report.
By the time the deputy arrived, both victims were awake and wrapped in blankets.
The deputy spoke with a man who heard a scream from a nearby camp about a young girl being pulled from the water. The man and his brother ran to assist and saw a woman on the shore holding a crying four-year-old girl.
The brothers saw a woman in the water, waded to her, and pulled her to shore. She had a pulse but was not breathing. The brothers administered CPR. About five minutes later, the woman expelled water from her lungs and began to breath on her own.
The 26-year-old woman told the deputy she was having a common day at the beach with her friends. She had consumed some alcohol, took prescribed sleeping medicine and went to sleep in a camper. The next thing she remembered was waking on the shore and coughing. She told the deputy she has had a history of sleep walking, but did not recall her last incident.
The mother of the four-year-old girl told the deputy that the woman victim had been playing in the water with her daughter, looked away for a few moments, and looked at the water to find the two face-down.
The mother pulled her daughter from the water, and another woman grabbed the girl and performed rescue breathing. After several breaths, the girl coughed up water and was wrapped in a blanket.
By then, a Life Flight helicopter arrived. The woman victim was evaluated and declined to be taken to the Wyoming Medical Center for treatment. The girl's mother wanted her daughter taken to the hospital for further treatment.
The other incident wasn't nearly as critical as the one at Pathfinder.
About 4:40 p.m. Friday, a woman was walking with her three-year-old son near the Bryan Stock Trail pond, Casper Police detective John Hatcher said Monday.
The child was playing near the bank and fell in the water. The mother immediately pulled the child from the water, Hatcher said.
A Wyoming Medical Center ambulance responded to the scene, because a call had come into dispatch about a possible drowning.
Medical personnel evaluated the child, who was fine, Hatcher said.