parkjennJenn Park says she could see the panic in the young boy's face, as he struggled for air Monday at Anicinabe Park.A Kenora mom's still catching her breath, after pulling a child from the water at Anicinabe Park earlier this week. Jenn Park says it all happened so quickly.

"I just thought, if somebody doesn't get to him, he's gonna die," she said during a short interview Tuesday.

The incident happened Monday evening, as the boy -- who Park says was about 6-years-old -- was swimming in water at the beach that was over his head.

As the boy tried to put his feet on the ground, his head went under water, and she could see the panic on his face.

"As a mother, my instinct was I have to help him," she said.

She made the quick decision to leave her two-year-old with her mother, then go fully-dressed into the water, to help the child in distress.

"Everybody says when someone is drowning it's quiet, and it was. He wasn't screaming. He was just trying to get air," Park recalled.

"I don't know what would've happened to that kid, if somebody wasn't there," she added.

As she reflected on the incident, Park says it's important to keep young children in sight at all times, and they shouldn't get into water over their heads.

The incident follows the drowning of two young men near McLeod Park in Kenora last Thursday, as well as the death of a young man at Goshawk in Whitedog Friday.

For more information:

Drownings spark lifejacket reminder

Sudden death in Whitedog

Bodies of missing men recovered

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