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Tragedy Avoided at Wright's Pond

Two young girls noticed a 3-year-old submerged and unconscious and helped prevent a drowning.

Tragedy was avoided at Medford's Wright's Pond earlier this summer when an unconscious 3-year-old girl was pulled from the water by two other young swimmers and revived by lifeguards, according to city officials.

Semrawit Ghebrelul spent a day in the hospital after the Aug. 17 incident, but has fully recovered. Her rescuers were presented with Keys to the City by Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn Friday.

Sky Trapella, 12, and Sophie Bendoch, 10, were swimming at the city-operated area in the afternoon on Aug. 17 when they noticed a young girl submerged in the water and not moving. Bendoch touched the girl, and she didn't respond. That's when Trapella started shouting for her father, Emanuel.

"I wasn't scared, I was just thinking, 'Okay, I've got to get my dad," she said.

Her father ran to the water and help pull her ashore. She was unconscious and her lungs were full of water. Lifeguards performed CPR and she began to breath again. Ghebrelul's mother, Eden, went into shock and also had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

On Friday, Ghebreulul's father, Michael, thanked the young women who spotted her daughter submerged in the water.

"I am so, so grateful you were here," he said. "If you were not here, my daughter wouldn't be with us today."

McGlynn commended the young girls and lifeguards.

"Because of their heroic actions that little girl is still alive and here with us," McGlynn said. "There was nobody who panicked, everything went off like clockwork."

Floey478 September 01, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I was there when this happened...it was very scary but we were so happy that the girl was ok!
kevin September 01, 2012 at 12:16 PM
where were the parents of the 3 yo?
Goodlife67 September 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I am grateful for the girls who noticed the little girl in the water. I wonder why the article did not give more attention to the lifeguards that performed the life saving CPR.
Phil September 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Yes good job to the lifeguards
Charlene Harrison September 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
thank god everyone reacted fast & the little girl is still alive. I just don't understand why the 3yr old was in the water by herself. Whoever was suppose to be watching her wasn't. I have kids myself & I might lose sight of them for a few mins, but come on the little girl is three & she shouldn't have been in the water by herself, period!! Those parents better count their blessing that if it wasn't for the 2 brave girls & the lifeguards their little girl wouldn't be alive. I know the parents thanked everyone that helped their daughter, but if they truly want to thank everyone they need to make sure something like this doesn't happen again & they need to watch their kids better!! If their daughter died it would've been horrible not just for them, but for all the people who helped & whoever was there. Most likely everyone will remember that day for the rest of their life & thank god it had a happy ending! God Bless the little girl & everyone who saved her!!!!

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