Girl, 4, critical after near-drowning

Bystander at Klineline Pond performs CPR

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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A 4-year-old Vancouver girl was in critical condition in a Portland hospital Sunday night after nearly drowning about 5 p.m. Sunday at Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park.

“She was being watched by her 9-year-old sister who lost track of her,” said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Randon Walker. “We have no idea how long she was underwater.”

A bystander spotted the girl face-down in the water and pulled her to shore, said Dawn Johnson with Fire District 6.

Walker said, “An unknown subject did CPR on her,” and when deputies arrived the girl was breathing “but did not respond to stimuli.”

The child, whose name was not released, was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition.

“The damage to her lungs is significant enough that the doctor said he could not predict the outcome for another 24 hours,” Walker said.

Walker said the park, where deputies talked to the girl’s parents, was packed on Sunday. He added that people in the park said they believed the CPR was performed by a nurse.

Walker said Monday will be another hot day and urged people to use caution around water.