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Seven-Year-Old Girl Rescued After Falling Off Raft

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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On the evening of June 6th, ranger Brandon Dunham received a call from a local police dispatcher regarding a seven-year-old girl was floating away from shore on an air mattress near Fritch Fortress. The Fritch police chief also heard the call and responded. When he arrived, he found the parents frantic, as the wind had pushed the girl further out into the lake. Dunham drove to the ranger station and hauled a patrol boat down to the Sanford Yake boat ramp, presently the park’s only functioning ramp. The chief advised Dunham that the girl had fallen off the air mattress and added that he was having trouble spotting her in the high waves. Dunham headed to the last point where he’d seen her and found the girl on her back, treading water, just as she had learned to do when she took swimming lesions last summer. She was very cold and exhausted from treading water in the waves. Dunham took her to the awaiting ambulance at Fritch Fortress, where she was checked out by paramedics and released to her parents.



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