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Young Boy Revive After 40 Minutes Under Water

December 5, 1987

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Firefighters revived an 11-year-old boy who was under water some 40 minutes after falling through thin ice Friday, authorities said, but a doctor gave him little chance of survival.

The Moorhead, Minn., boy, whose identity was not released at the request of the family, was in critical condition at St. Luke’s Hospitals, where he was being treated for hypothermia, the hospital said.

Dr. William Norberg said the boy had only a 5 percent to 10 percent chance of survival.

The boy was not breathing when he was pulled from the Red River, said Joe Upton, assistant fire chief. He was revived by firefighters and arrived at the hospital with an 82 degree body temperature, Upton said.

″The younger they are the better chance they stand surviving something like this,″ he said. ″We’re hoping he stands a real good chance.″

The boy had ventured out on the ice some 12 to 15 feet from shore to get a closer look at a dead squirrel shortly after 4 p.m., Upton said. At 4:55 p.m., firefighters in boats pulled him from water 10 to 12 feet deep, he said.

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