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sheriff commends life savers

Monday, July 08, 2019 13:31 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A La Porte County sheriff's deputy and two nurses performing CPR saved the life of a man not breathing when pulled from Pine Lake in La Porte.

Michael Thomason, 44, of La Porte was transported to the hospital and later released.

According to La Porte County Police, deputy Scott Lanoue was working lake patrol Saturday afternoon when he noticed floatation devices in the water.

The devices were tossed out to Thomason from a pontoon boat he jumped off into the water, police said.

Deputy Lanoue feeling something wasn't quite right started in that direction then heard calls for help.

Lanoue with help from several people in the water pulled the man without a pulse onto his boat, police said.

The nurses, Doris Agemy and Lynn Florence, happened to be on a nearby watercraft.

Police said they performed CPR while deputy Lanoue in his marine boat cut across the lake to a dock where emergency responders began administering aid to the man now regaining consciousness.

According to police, the man after jumping into the water began struggling after being hit by a large wake.

Police said Thomason had his head under the water for less than a minute.

La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd hailed the efforts of the deputy and both nurses involved in the rescue.

''They were instrumental in saving that gentleman's life,'' Boyd said.

Police said the investigation shows Thomason had consumed several beers and had jumped into the water previously without experiencing any difficulties.

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