GRAND FORKS, ND--Police have identified the woman found dead in a swimming pool earlier this week.

 

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The body of 61-year-old Maggie Berlin was found floating in an above ground pool behind a home in the 2000 block of 11th Avenue North late Wednesday night.  

 

Authorities told WDAY News they weren't sure how long she had been in the water.

 

Foul play is not suspected but police are still investigating.

 

The woman's death is one of a handful of drownings in our area in just the paw few weeks.  

 

Kenneth Chase spoke directly with emergency responders about what you should do if someone's life is on the line.

 

Summertime fun often means families playing in the water.

 

"It's dry. No snow. We have enough time with snow,” said Grandfather, Mark Rios.

 

But that fun could take a tragic turn.  

 

"The pool is shallow though but anything can happen. They can slip and fall. So one of us has to be on site,” said Rios.

 

Emergency responders tell WDAY News drowning can happen anywhere.

 

In shallow pools, bathtubs or an outlet near your backyard.

 

They say bystanders are key to a victim's survival.

 

"Brain death occurs within 4 to 6 minutes of not having oxygen to the brain,” said Altru Ambulance Supervisor, Jen Berger.

 

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional deaths worldwide --according to the World Health Organization.

 

Paramedics recommend calling 911 first.

 

Then get the victim out of the water.

 

Start CPR as soon as possible.

 

"There may be fluids that come out of their mouth but continue your chest compressions as you normally would,” said Berger.

 

WDAY News found out you should not stop compressions until paramedics arrive--and you don't have to blow into the victim's mouth.

 

They recommend getting CPR certified -- so you know what to do when someone's head is underwater.

 

"It can happen in a split second," said Rios.

 

"Especially because of the grandkids. I want to be prepared."