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Witness: 4-year-old rescued from vehicle was under water for 10 minutes

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Around 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon the Rankin County Sheriff's Department received a report of a one vehicle accident in the 1100 block of Star Road near Brandon. 

The caller stated the vehicle overturned in the water and that a child was trapped inside.

Rankin County Deputies, Robinhood Fire Department, Rankin EOC and AMR responded to the scene.

The family has given WLBT permission to release the name of their child, 4-year-old Helena White. 

Before first responders arrived on scene, residents from across the street and a passerby jumped into the water lifted the car far enough out of the water where Helena could be cut free of the child restraint. 

She was moved to the side of the road where a deputy and one of the good Samaritans began CPR. 

After approximately 4 minutes of CPR she began breathing on her own.

Helena and her mother were transported to UMC where she is in critical condition. 

A witness on the scene, Sherry Parker, tells us that she had to be underwater for nearly 10 minutes.

The heroic actions of the good Samaritans and deputy have given Helena a better chance of surviving this accident.

Sheriff Bailey and Helena's family are thanking the following heroic men and women, Sherry Jackson, Harmon Jackson, Tristen Jackson, Jessica Dickson, the unknown male, Deputy Wade Spencer and the Robinhood Fire Department.

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