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Off-duty cop saves toddler from drowning in Naramata

FILE PHOTO - Okanagan Lake is seen from the Naramata Bench, July 11, 2012.
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An Penticton RCMP officer was off the clock when he rescued a toddler last weekend in Naramata.

A two-year-old girl was enjoying a day at the beach with her family when she fell off a dock and into Okanagan Lake, according to an RCMP press release. It happened around 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

She had “great difficulty” keeping herself afloat and the water was extremely cold, the release says. One of the girl's guardians tried to save her but struggled against the strong current and low temperatures.

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Fortunately the officer happened to be close enough to hear little girl’s caretakers shouting for help.

“The officer, who’s trained in speciality life-saving techniques, immediately took action by jumping into the lake,” RCMP spokesperson Const. James Grandy said in the release.

“The officer was able bring the two-year-old child safely back to shore. The guardian who had jumped in was able to swim back to shore on their own.”

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