Child hospitalized after being rescued from Gulf of Mexico in Walton County

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SANTA ROSA BEACH — South Walton Fire District lifeguards took a child to an area hospital Thursday after bystanders rescued the child from the Gulf of Mexico

Lifeguards and Advanced Life Support Units responded to a medical call about 1:30 p.m. after the child was pulled from the water near the Walton Dunes Beach Access, according to a SWFD news release. 

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A lifeguard from Tower 21 was the first to arrive at the scene, where a bystander was performing CPR and first aid measures. The lifeguard took over life support until ALS units arrived. 

The child became responsive and was breathing on their own while being taken to a hospital, SWFD reported. Witnesses said the child has a known medical condition that largely contributed to the events leading up to resuscitation. 

Single-red flags indicating rough surf were flying on the beaches when the incident happened, but bystanders reportedly indicated the surf or rip currents were not a factor. 

The child was in stable condition when paramedics arrived at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.