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Drowning toddler is rescued by 10-year-old sister, officer

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A 10-year-old girl helped save her younger sister’s life when the toddler was drowning in a pool in suburban Atlanta on May 15, a local TV station reported.

Video shows Kali Dallis, 3, wearing a pink tutu swimsuit as she leaps into an apartment complex pool in a yellow pool float.

Within one second, the little girl was face down in the water with her legs waving in the air, as her float kept her head submerged. Kali then popped out of the float and struggled to keep her head above the surface.

There was apparently no one keeping an eye on the toddler until her sister Jayla happened to see the little girl drowning a few moments later.

The video shows the older girl running desperately to save her sister as soon as she sees the trouble. She jumped into the pool, grabbed Kali and pulled her onto the deck.

“She was, like heavy, so I had to pull her by her hair, and then I grabbed her by her waist and pulled her up,” Jayla told WSB-Channel 2 in Atlanta.

The incident happened in Chamblee, about 11 miles northwest of Atlanta.

An apartment complex employee and the girls’ aunt performed CPR on Kali as a witness called 911, WSB reported.

The TV station shared body cam video from Chamblee police Sgt. Ed Lyons as he raced toward the victim to take over CPR.

To prevent or respond to drownings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises:
— Closely supervise children around water at all times.
— Fence off home pools.
— Put life jackets on children and anyone who is a weak swimmer.
— Remove victims from water, perform CPR or chest compressions, and have someone call 911.
— When a victim breathes or coughs, turn them on their side.

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