A firefighter from South Dakota helped save the life of a 2-year-old found face-down in the waters of Sand Lake July 31.

Shortly before 11 a.m., a family member realized the child was not inside a residence on Sand, north of Pelican Rapids along Highway 59, according to a press release from Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.

After family realized the child was missing, a search ensued, and the child’s father found the boy face-down in the water near the shore, the release said.

A member of the visiting family was a 42-year-old firefighter from South Dakota who immediately began CPR/life-saving efforts for the young child while his 16-year-old daughter called 911, according to the sheriff’s department. 

The firefighter performed life-saving care for about one minute before the child began to breathe again, prior to the arrival of local emergency crews. 

The child was transported to the hospital and was in stable condition at last report. 

In addition to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, Ringdahl Ambulance and the Pelican Rapids Police Department responded to the scene.