Two parents are counting their blessings after a pregnant Minnesota mother saved their son from drowning at Crystal Beach Park and Lake.
Stephanie Swedberg, who is currently 33 weeks pregnant, was visiting the lake with her 3-year old twin sons on July 21st. The mother is a former lifeguard and was coincidentally teaching her boys to float when she noticed a child nearby was struggling to keep his head above the water.
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I’ll miss summer so much! This summer was great, and we’ve got a swimmer! 💪🏻 We were at the beach today, it’s sooo hot - 87°! And we also have crazy winds 25 mph 😅 we were attacked by the flying sand on the beach and were swimming on the waves 🌊I am trying to convince myself that I am happy with upcoming winter and cold weather - positive thinking is out everything, right?😂🙈 . . Как я буду скучать вот по этому! 🏊🏻♀️ Милиндик этим летом плавать стала 💪🏻 Ну а пока лето окончательно не закончилось - ездим на озеро! Хотя в Америке оно официально заканчивается завтра, 22 сентября. Сегодня жара и +31° и сильные ветры 40 км/час 😅 съездили на пляж сегодня, где на нас напал летающий песок, поплавали с Милиндой в волнах 🌊 цвет воды сегодня 😍💙💚 Стараюсь убедить себя, что осень, зима и холода - это очень здорово, позитивное мышление - наше все, правда же?😂
The mom-of-two was alerted to the situation when she saw another woman running towards the lake, despite being fully clothed. She was motioning towards a group of boys, ranging in ages from 10 to 14, who were around 20 feet away from Stephanie. When she took a closer look, Stephanie realized one of the boys was drowning.
“I didn’t really realize anything was off until I saw one of the moms fully dressed, sprinting into the water and screaming for somebody to help her son,” she explained. “Then I looked over and I saw one of the boys unable to keep his head above the water.”
Stephanie said she wouldn’t have noticed anything amiss since the boy in trouble wasn’t even shouting for help. “He wasn’t screaming,” she said. “He was just thrashing around, bobbing a little bit.”
When she realized what was happening, Stephanie made sure her sons were safe and then began swimming over towards the drowning boys. She was able to bring him safely to shore, marking the first time she’s ever saved anyone from the water despite previously working as a lifeguard.
Stephanie hopes other parents will use this close-call as a reminder to teach their children water safety and swimming skills as soon as possible- which is why she says she was teaching her kids to swim on that fateful day.
“I’ve just known with these guys that I wanted them to learn how to swim as soon as possible,” she told Fox 9, adding, “[So they won’t] panic in a situation that they can’t touch the bottom.”
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Beating the summer heat, splishin' and splashin'! . I am quite surprised how A&A took to swimming this year. Before this, they experienced a dip in the pool only once on their first birthday (almost 2 years ago) that too for a very short period of time. This is practically the first time they have tried swimming and totally enjoyed it. . I read a lot of moms sharing here about not using floats in the pool for young kids as it delays their learning experience. I personally have a different experience to share. I think one major reason why A&A started enjoying swimming instantly is due to floats. Floats not just ensure safety but also help the child get comfortable in the water. They help to overcome that initial fear and build confidence. Atleast that's how they worked for A&A. . I think when it comes to swimming, one bad experience with water is enough to create a life long phobia in kids. I have faced it myself. When I started taking swimming classes (in class 6 or 7), my trainer once pushed me into the pool thinking that would help me learn quickly. However it backfired. Instead of gaining any sense of ease, I developed a major fear of water and could never learn swimming again. I still don't swim and usually don't go at the deeper ends! When in the pool, I just prefer staying at one corner (where I can sit or stand comfortably). . I don't want A&A to develop any such fear. And so the focus is to start slow, let them be comfortable and enjoy the entire experience. . I would say if you yourself are not an expert at swimming, never leave such young kids without floats in water (even if it's baby pool) unless there is a trainer or a lifeguard present around. Also don't push the kids to try, if they don't want to. Give them some time and wait till they start enjoying the entire session. . . . . . . #themomsagas #summerbreak #swimmingfun #swimmingpools #swimtime #swimmingforkids #beattheheat #summerbreakfun #swimtime #kidsswimming #mombloggerindia #darlingdaily #momadvice #mymamahood #everysquareastory #thisismotherhood #mumbaiblogger #honestmomconfessions #ohheymama
She added that she hopes this inspired the boy and his parents to sign him up for swim lessons. “I encouraged him to keep taking swimming lessons and maybe become a lifeguard [himself],” she told the outlet.
It’s important to take all safety precautions available when bringing your children near a body of water, no matter how experienced they may be at swimming. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of death in American children between the ages of 1 to 4, and the third leading cause in kids ages 5 to 19.
To prevent drowning, it’s important that parents stay near their children at all times. Had the boy’s mother not alerted onlookers to her son’s struggle, the former lifeguard may not have been able to save him.
Similarly, it’s important that parents don’t simply rely on water wings or floaties to keep their kids safe. Making younger kids buddy up with older kids as well as ensuring your child has been exposed to swim lessons can minimize the risk of injury in the water. Likewise, teaching your kids water rules as well as CPR is a must.