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8-year-old rescued at Jungle Island water play area

Miami Fire Rescue transports an 8-year-old boy after a near drowning at Jungle Island on Tuesdsay, July 7. 2015. The child, who according to Miami-Dade Fire was part of a summer camp from Miami Lakes, was plucked from the water at about 11:20 a.m. He had playing in the Rainforest Riptide, an inflatable playground on the water.
Miami Fire Rescue transports an 8-year-old boy after a near drowning at Jungle Island on Tuesdsay, July 7. 2015. The child, who according to Miami-Dade Fire was part of a summer camp from Miami Lakes, was plucked from the water at about 11:20 a.m. He had playing in the Rainforest Riptide, an inflatable playground on the water. Courtesy of Miami Fire Rescue

An 8-year-old boy was rescued from the water playground at Jungle Island's Parrot Cove Tuesday after a park lifeguard spotted him in distress, not being able to keep his head above water.

The child, who according to Miami Fire was part of a summer camp from Miami Lakes, was plucked from the water at about 11:20 a.m. He had playing in the Rainforest Riptide, an inflatable playground on the water.

Miami Fire Rescue crews take an 8-year-old who nearly drowned in the water playground at Jungle Island to the hospital. Video by Miami Fire Rescue

An American Red Cross certified lifeguard, who is also a paramedic, gave the child CPR, according to Rachel Pinzur, a spokeswoman for the park.

“As the safety and security of our guests is of the utmost importance to us at Jungle Island, our internal Emergency Response Team followed all procedures and took quick action in responding to this situation,” Pinzur said in an e-mail. “Following normal park policy at the time of the incident, there were five certified lifeguards on duty including a certified EMT/paramedic.”

Miami Fire Rescue Spokesman Ignatius Carroll said the little boy “somehow removed his life vest” and tried to swim to a floating inflatable but couldn’t make it.

When Miami Fire crews arrived they found “the child with a pulse and starting to cry,” Carroll said.

He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatrics.

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