Bystanders, deputy help save drowning girl in ocean off Cambria

jhickey@thetribunenews.comMarch 3, 2013 

A sheriff’s deputy and off-duty nurse helped to save the life of a 7-year-old who was drowning at Leffingwell Landing in Cambria on Saturday.

The girl had been in the ocean and was swept away by a wave around 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The girl’s uncle went into the ocean and brought her onto the beach with the help of two bystanders from Fresno.

An off-duty pediatric nurse from the Fresno area saw the commotion and went to assist. The nurse and sheriff’s Deputy Chad Nicholson performed “life-saving techniques” to expel water from the unconscious victim’s lungs and provided care until Cambria Ambulance arrived on scene.

She was taken to a local hospital, where she was reported to be in stable condition Saturday.

“If not for the actions of the bystanders, family members, off-duty nurse, and quick response by Deputy Nicholson, the outcome for the victim could have been much worse,” the Sheriff’s Office said in the news release.

As of Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office had not released the name of the assisting nurse.

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