NAPLES, Fla - A 911 call reveals the dramatic rescue of a five year old girl found floating in a North Naples pond.
Tuesday morning, a pool service technician came upon the girl just off Orange Blossom Road and Yarberry Lane.
The man saved her life and now she is back home. Family members tell WINK News the 5 year old has Autism and walked right out of the front door.
Her mother, who wanted to remain anonymous, tells WINK News she installed an alarm system Wednesday morning to make sure this never happens again. "We can now know when the door is ever opened and it's not your average door alarm, it's not your average beep beep."
The mother was at work while her daughter was home with her grandmother. She got a call about what happened and rushed home. "My whole world stopped when I found out. She's all I have."
A pool technician sitting in his car heard splashing. He ran and pulled the 5 year old out using a pole, but she wasn't breathing.
In a 911 call obtained by WINK News you hear dispatch giving him instructions on how to do CPR.
Those compressions ultimately saved the little girls life. A day later, the girl is home, running around like a normal five year old lucky to be alive and thankful that man was in the right place at the right time.
"I feel very blessed that she came out of it with nothing. She's perfectly healthy, she's fine and that's all I could ever ask for."
According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office report DCF was called and there's an open investigation.
Leaders at the Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation tell WINK News children with Autism have a higher tendency to wander and many have an attraction to water. Experts don't know why that is, but it can make it hard for family members to protect their children.
Armando Galella, President of AAAF, says, "there's an attraction of some sort and they will bolt for it and they have no sense of fear or anxiety about it so they are totally unprotected."
Galella says parents have to put up barriers around water, lock their doors and always stay vigilant. He also says swimming lessons for all children are highly recommended.