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The Lake News Online
  • Toddlers nearly drown at 9 mile marker

  • Quick thinking by a five-year-old may have saved two toddlers from drowning over the weekend at Lake of the Ozarks.
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  • Quick thinking by a five-year-old may have saved two toddlers from drowning over the weekend at Lake of the Ozarks.
    One of the two toddlers was flown by helicopter to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia and was listed in serious condition. The second toddler was taken by ambulance to the University of Missouri Hospital, also in serious condition.
    According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Destiny J. Ponds, 2, and Izak E. Garmany, 3, wandered away from the residence where they were at, across a private road to a neighbor's property. The children were apparently making their way to the dock. The made it about halfway down the walkway to the dock when they fell or jumped into the lake. The toddlers were not wearing lifejackets.
    Ponds’ older brother saw his sister go into the water and alerted the adults at the home who were able to rescue the children.
    The incident was reported on Saturday, July 12, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in Coffee Creek Cove at the 9 mile marker of the Gravois Arm.
    The Highway Patrol reported on July 14 that the incident was still under investigation. Additional information was not available.

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