Two state wildlife agents were on patrol on the Amite River Diversion Canal on Sunday when a woman on a dock flagged them down and led them to a 3-year-old who had stopped breathing after being found face down in a pool.
A man at the house on Home Port Road in Livingston Parish said he had briefly turned his back on the child to gather fishing poles, and when he turned back, he found the toddler in the pool and the child was not breathing, according to a Monday news release issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The man pulled the boy out and attempted CPR until the passing agents drove nearby in a boat.
After being flagged down by the woman on the dock, Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr. raced to the child and performed a technique to clear his airways.
The child let out a gasp, and Marques and his partner Lt. Louis Burnett were able to keep the 3-year-old breathing until a local fire crew arrived with an oxygen mask, the release states.
The toddler was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The child is expected to make a full recovery, authorities wrote.