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Willmar, Minn., girl makes full recovery from near-drowning last month

WILLMAR – An 11-year-old Willmar girl who was pulled from Foot Lake last month has reportedly made a full recovery from the near-drowning incident.

According to Willmar Police, the girl – who has not been publicly named – has made a complete recovery and is home with her family.

An officer had personal contact with the girl and her family on Monday and reported the good news update on the department’s Facebook page.

The incident happened July 18 when Willmar Police, ambulance and the Kandiyohi Sheriff's Office were called to Robbins Island in Willmar on the report of a child underwater and unaccounted for.

According to a story published last month in the West Central Tribune, four bystanders are credited for saving the girl’s life.

  Two men, Daniel Ruter and Robert Rodriguez, both of Willmar, began searching for the girl within the marked swimming area and found the girl in about 7 feet of water and brought her to shore.

  Two others, Melissa Bobrowski and Travis Toews, both lifeguards from Canada in town for the Sonshine Music Festival, began CPR on the girl and continued until emergency responders arrived and took over her care.

It’s estimated the child was under water for 3-4 minutes.

The girl was brought to Rice Hospital and transferred by air ambulance to Minneapolis Childrens Hospital.

According to police, the family expressed their appreciation to the rescuers and supporters.

The swimming beach at Robbins Island was closed at the time because of high fecal coliform test readings exacerbated by the population of Canadian geese on the lake. According to the Willmar Community Recreation Department, there were multiple signs posted indicating the beach was closed to swimming that day.