Boys, other bystanders rescue girl from Rapid City pool

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Posted: May 17, 2016 4:58 PM
Boys, other bystanders rescue girl from Rapid City pool

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say the swift actions of a man and two boys saved the life of a 5-year-old girl who nearly drowned in a hotel swimming pool in South Dakota.

Wisdom Bass-Robinson, 12, and Btin Spears, 13, of Walthill, Nebraska, noticed the girl face-down in the pool at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City shortly after 8 p.m. Monday and pulled her from the water, according to police.

"We knew something was wrong when her face was in the water for so long," Wisdom said in a statement released by the police department. "I grabbed her and Btin and I pulled her to the side."

Rick Volk, of Phoenix, with the help of other bystanders began CPR and revived the girl, who was taken to a hospital and is expected to be fine. Authorities didn't identify her.

Sgt. Wayne Asscherick presented gift cards for pizza to Volk and the boys.

"It was the least we could do for these three," Asscherick said. "They worked as a team, with the boys being aware of others and Mr. Volk being versed in CPR that saved the life of the 5-year-old girl."