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Arenac County workers rescue child who nearly drowned

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(09/17/12) - Young children and swimming pools - sometimes, the combination can have tragic results, especially when a child wanders out of view of parents and family.

That is exactly what happened in Arenac County this summer, but instead of a tragedy, there was a miracle.

The people that helped pull off that miracle were honored Monday.

Two-year-old Olivia Plachta had just returned home from a walk with her mom on the night of Aug. 3, and even though her mom, dad, and older brother were nearby, she somehow fell into the four foot deep pool.

"My sister just fell into a pool," the 911 caller said.

Thirteen-year-old Clay Plata made that chilling call to Arenac County 911 dispatcher Patricia Tremble.

"He was frantic and definitely needed help," Tremble said.

Tremble dispatched an ambulance to the home in Lincoln Township, but she also called two sheriff's deputies, who were just leaving the sheriff's department office in Standish.

"We were just very fortunate to be in the area," said deputy Trevor Sprague.

"I never felt so alone," Melissa Plachta says.

That's how Olivia's mom felt, after Olivia's dad pulled the little girl off the bottom of the family pool.   The little girl was out of eyesight for just a second.

"It's very haunting, her eyes were fixed open, she was a different color, and she was not responsive," Plachta remembered.

"An unconscious child, soaked from being in the pool, it was pretty traumatic," says deputy Justin Huber.

He and deputy Trevor Sprague arrived to find Melissa Plachta trying to bring her daughter to life.

"Partly begging God, please bring her back to me," Plachta says.

"She wasn't breathing, so with some chest compressions, and air, she was able to dislodge some water, we rolled her over, she got rid of a lot of water," Sprague says.

Six weeks later, Olivia Plachta looks like every other 2-year-old girl, a princess, and those that helped save her were given life-saving awards.

"Many years to spend with her because of these wonderful people," Plachta said.

Melissa Plachta says Olivia has not any medical issues as a result of the near-drowning.

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