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Boy survives minutes underwater while swimming in lake
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Tragedy almost struck Saturday when a boy went underwater while swimming between an island on Lake Lanier and the shoreline in West Hall County.

With Department of Natural Resources on the way, witnesses had rescued the 12-year-old boy by boat, brought him to the island and were performing CPR on him, Cpl. Adam Loudermilk said.

Emergency responders also arrived at the scene off Ahaluna Drive and worked to put the child on Loudermilk’s boat.

“He was conscious (but not lucid),” Loudermilk said.

Witnesses said the boy was underwater 3-5 minutes, Loudermilk said, adding that drowning normally occurs after 2-3 minutes.

The boy, who was at the lake with his 6-year-old brother, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The report came in about 5:30 p.m. Loudermilk said he checked on the boy, whose name wasn’t available Monday, about 9 p.m. at the hospital.

“He was talking to me and he seemed to be just fine,” Loudermilk said. “He was a little weak, but OK. The doctors said they’d watch him a couple more hours and he was probably going to go home.”

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