64-year-old Nearly Drowns Trying to Rescue Children on the Lakefront

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – New Orleans Police say a 64-year-old father is in critical condition after being underwater for about 10 to 15 minutes Sunday.

Police say shortly after 11 a.m. two children were playing on the steps at the Lakefront when one of the children fell in.  The other child went in after the 8-year-old at which time their 64-year-old father went in after them.

A good Samaritan jumped in and was able to get the kids out, but the father never resurfaced.

Police say  two NOFD firefighters found the adult close to 15 minutes after he went under. Paramedics were able to revive him.

The 64-year-old unidentified man was transported in critical condition.