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David Ragozine was fishing Wednesday evening when a young boy tried to swim toward him and his grandson in the Mosquito Lake spillway.
Ragozine said the boy, 11, jumped into the water while at about 7 p.m. Ragozine and his grandson yelled at the boy to get out of the spillway. The boy started to struggle and, after the boy swam about 20 yards, Ragozine and another man jumped in.
“The kid was purple,” he said. “There was no air coming out of him at all. He was white as a ghost, not just his lips were purple, everything was purple.”
A woman in the area noticed the boy was not breathing and began CPR.
“She gave him mouth to mouth for a while,” Ragozine said. “We were pressing his belly for awhile and all that and he had a little bit of wind come out. And then he went out again. Then he came back again, thank God.”
Signs along the spillway warn the current is fast and dangerous. Even with that danger, Ragozine said that it was just instinct to jump in and try to save the boy, who was taken to St. Joseph Health Center and is improving.
“I’m 62 years old,” Ragozine said. “I mean, what are you going to do when you see a little kid like that. He just went underwater towards the end. It looked like he had a chance in the beginning but towards the end he had no chance. And if he would have got past me and Tom there was no one there who would have got him. He would have went the whole way down towards the bridge.”