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Boy nearly drowns at Fort Desoto beach


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FORT DESOTO PARK, Florida -- Two boys were rescued from nearly drowning on Saturday.

It happened at the North Beach at Fort Desoto Park. One boy ran into trouble when he tried to help his little brother to shore. Fortunately, a good samaritan and a lifeguard were there to help.

Nine-year-old Julian Wiseman was swimming with his 5-year old brother, when the younger boy became tired and needed help. Julian held his little brother, but became fatigued and both boys drifted out of the designated swim area.

That's when German tourist Christian Strausen realized they were in trouble and ran into the water to save them. The man swam nearly 200 yards and rescued both boys.

Lifeguard Mark Chapel helped bring the boys back to shore and performed CPR on Julian until paramedics arrived.

Authorities say Julian was conscious and alert, but taken to All Children's Hospital as a precaution. His 5-year-old brother was ok when he made it to shore, and did not have to go to the hospital.

Tampa Bay's 10 News

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