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Missing 4-year-old boy found floating in Painesville pond makes ‘full recovery’ (video)

Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 3:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 11:43 PM EDT
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PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - The 4-year old rescued from Painesville’s Recreation Park pond on Saturday has made a full recovery, according to the Painesville Police Department.

The boy, Paolo Moctezuma, was released from the MetroHealth Medical Center on Tuesday, according to a police media release.

Two of the three officers who saved his life welcomed him home with a visit and a gift basket full of toys and police memorabilia.

Paolo’s parents, Jose and Anna, were emotional as they spoke with the officers and thanked the police and medics who saved their son’s life, police said.

Officer Daniel Thompson and Sgt. Matthew Tycast rescued four-year-old Moctezuma on Saturday morning after he was found unresponsive floating in a pond.

Moctezuma was reported missing earlier in the day, according to a news release. Police were searching for him when someone called to report a body floating in the Recreation Park fishing pond.

Officers immediately responded to the pond. But, due to debris in the water, they could not immediately spot the boy.

Then, the officers saw air bubbles and the “silhouette of a small person” about 20 feet off the pond’s bank.

The men rushed into the water while a third officer, Officer Chad Balausky grabbed a rope for safety, Painesville police said.

Moctezuma was brought to shore following a “startling rescue,” police wrote in the release. He did not appear to be breathing.

Officer Thompson gave him CPR and Sgt. Tycast cleared his airway. Soon after, Sgt. Tycast saw Moctezuma take a breath.

Painesville Fire Department responded to provide the 4-year-old with further medical treatment, later taking him to Tri Pont Medical Center in Concord.

Police said Moctezuma had been staying at a relative’s home of East Erie Street while his parents were at work. He is believed to have wandered away from the family member’s home through a sliding door.

That residence is located near the park, police said, which he entered through a closed exit.

“Without the 911 callers and the responding officers’ quick responses, this near-tragedy would have a much different outcome,” Painesville police wrote in the media release.

The Painesville Police Department also reminded the public of the importance of speaking with young children about water safety.

“The Painesville Police Department couldn’t be more proud of the responding officers and sincerely wish Paolo and his family a safe, happy and healthy summer,” the release said.

Watch the rescue in the video below. Note: Some viewers may find the video difficult to watch.

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