Bystanders, La Crosse firefighters save girl from drowning at Black River Beach

Black River Beach

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse Fire Department crews responding to a report of a 5-year-old girl’s drowning at Black River Beach were able to turn a potential tragedy into a rescue — with bystanders’ help.
When firefighters arrived at the beach in the 1400 Block of Rose Street, a bystander was giving the girl CPR. Firefighters were able to stabilize the girl, who is reported to be hospitalized in stable condition.
“These are the calls our crews train so hard for,” according to an LCFD news release. “A big thank you to the bystanders on scene who pulled the patient from the water, timely activated 911 and performed CPR,” as well as La Crosse police and Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance.
“You helped save this child’s life,” the release said.
The fire department also urged caution around rivers this time of year, when currents are more unpredictable. Children should wear life jackets, the department said.