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'Mystery rescuer' who pulled girl from lake feared she was dead

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Krissy Morris thought her eyes were playing tricks on her when she saw what looked like a girl floating face down in a northern Minnesota lake on the Fourth of July.

The 33-year-old from Worthington is the "mystery rescuer" who sprang into action to save a young girl at Lower Whipple Lake in Baxter, near Brainerd, on Saturday afternoon.

She told BringMeTheNews she was visiting friends at the lake, and was playing with her son Robbie on the shore when she noticed something in the water.

"My first thought was maybe it was a kid with goggles on looking under the water, then my next thought was maybe it was a piece of wood or something someone threw in there.

"I was certain that my eyes were playing tricks on me. There were too many people at the beach there's no way a kid could be floating in the water."

But it was a child, and upon realizing it she went running in and was waist deep when she reached the girl, picking her up and carrying her to shore.

"When I saw her floating all I could think was, 'Oh my God. She can't be dead.'"

Fortunately for the girl, who has not been identified by authorities, a pediatric doctor was at the beach at the time, with an ambulance arriving a short time later.

She was taken to a local hospital, with Sgt. Adam Kronstedt of the Crow County Sheriff's Department saying she has since been released.

Morris admits to still being shaken by the events of Saturday, saying: "This was one of the scariest times in my life. She was under for at least two minutes. It took my eyes a minute to realize what I was actually seeing was in fact a child floating in the water.

"I was so worried for her,"she said, after being told that the girl had left hospital. "Not being my child, I still know what it feels like to fear for a child. She had been on my mind constantly since that afternoon. I'm so glad my worries can rest now."

Baxter Police and the Crow County Sheriff's Department have launched an investigation following the incident, but would not say what the investigation concerns.

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