Teen nearly drowns after suffering asthma attack while swimming

The 17-year-old was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.
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A 17-year-old boy is in a hospital after nearly drowning while swimming with friends in Central Minnesota.

Ryan Gordon, of Sauk Rapids, was swimming on a tube at Warner Lake, just off of I-94 in Clearwater, this past Wednesday when the incident happened.

He decided to swim back to his with his 21-year-old brother, but on the way back told his brother that he couldn't make it.

His face was "turning blue," according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, at which point he went under the water.

His brother grabbed him and swam him back to shore, where he was unresponsive and had shallow breathing. 

Family members and other bystanders gave first aid while Clearwater Fire and Rescue raced to the scene.

"It is believed that Gordon had an asthma attack while swimming to shore," the sheriff's office said.

He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment and was said to be alert prior to being taken by ambulance, though his current condition is unknown.

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