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Photo by Mary Guck Adrienne Nelson, 19, sits on the lifeguard stand at Spirit Lake Beach, in Menahga, on the afternoon of July 28, four days after rescuing a drowning young girl.

Lifeguard a life-saver

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Around 6:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, Adrienne Nelson, a lifeguard at Spirit Lake Beach in Menahga, had just sat down when she noticed flailing arms and a child sputtering in the water.

"I was scared. I couldn't tell exactly if she was just floating and messing around, I just couldn't quite determine," Nelson said. "Her arms were moving, but then I knew she was just too little."

Nelson ran out into the knee-deep water and carried the 4-year-old girl to shore.

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