Three Children Drowning After Falling Into A Frozen Pond In Colorado. A Woman Went Out And Rescued Them All

Three children were rescued from a frozen pond by a Colorado mother who has been hailed as a hero. On a Sunday afternoon in Denver, Dusti Talavera, 23, was inside her apartment watching three children, ages four, six, and eleven, play outdoors in a frozen pond. She looked again a few seconds later and saw the kids fall in. She was out on the pond before she realized it. Talavera was able to rescue two of the children, an 11-year-old boy, and a 4-year-old girl, from the pond, but the ice she was standing on gave way as she attempted to rescue the third, a 6-year-old girl. She ended up in the 15-foot-deep pond as well.

Talavera was unable to free herself, so she attempted to keep the girl’s unconscious head above water. Fortunately, the young girl’s adolescent cousin appeared and tossed a rope to Talavera. Talavera claimed that she was able to get out of the water and then grab the last youngster from the frozen pond. The next few minutes were “chaotic,” according to Talavera, as the young girl remained unconscious and everyone tried to help her. Deputies from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene shortly after. Deputies were concerned that the girl might be suffering from hypothermia, so they removed her winter coat and performed CPR. The girl began to breathe just as the South Metro Fire Rescue team arrived, and she was brought to the hospital. The two other children did not require medical attention, and authorities said the 6-year-old girl, who was still in intensive care late Monday, was “expected to live.”

The incident, according to the deputy, is an illustration of how the weather in the Denver area may quickly change from cold to warm, implying that ice may not be thick. Temperatures fluctuated from the low 20s to the upper 50s during the weekend. Talavera’s actions were lauded by the officers and the fire rescue squad. It’s difficult to breathe or move when individuals fall into icy water, according to firefighter Corey Sutton. When he spoke about Talavera’s valiant endeavor, he was moved to tears. Talavera also commended the adolescent who handed her the rope, saying she didn’t know how long she could have survived in the pond without him. She stated that she was aware that this could have happened to anyone’s children and that all she could think about during the situation was “saving the kids.”

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