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Quick response saves two year old who fell into water at Lake Tejas
Tyler County Booster - May 2009
A two year old boy who wandered away from his mother and fell into the water on the far side of Lake Tejas in Colmesneil Saturday is doing fine now, thanks to the quick response of a number of individuals at the facility. According to manager Tracy Powell, someone noticed what looked like a shirt floating on the water, which turned out the child. Two year old Colton Blake fell into the water on the lake opposite the swimming area (swimming is not allowed on that side of the lake). When they realized it was a child, things got hectic as several people headed for the spot. Fifteen year old Glenna Prather was first to the scene and went into the water after the child. And then handed him out to Powell, who started CPR and her husband, who had already called 911. An unidentified EMT and a nurse who happened to be there assisted until the Emergency Medical Technicians who had been called arrived at the scene and took over. Colton was life flighted to Herman Hospital in Houston who said the quick response and CPR saved the child’s life. Powell said she was thankful the incident had a happy ending. “It was the combined efforts of a number of people that day that prevented this from becoming a tragedy,” Powell said. Lake Tejas is a popular summer destination for Tyler County residents.