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Boy nearly drowns in Klineline Pond after making $1 bet

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A teenage boy nearly drowned in Klineline Pond after his friend dared him to swim across to the other side for a $1.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. Tuesday near Salmon Creek Park.

Fortunately, the boy's friend was able to pull him to safety, and he is expected to be just fine.

Bugs Duncan, 15, tells FOX 12 that he and his friend went to the pond to celebrate the end of their freshman year and the start of the summer.

Then, Duncan said, he decided to make things interesting by making a friendly wager.

"I said I'd give $1 for him to swim across, thinking that the only factor would be how wet you could get, not what would happen," Duncan said.

At first, Duncan said, his friend was able to swim just fine, but then he began struggling in the cold water.

"He started yelling for help, and I thought he was messing with me, you know, but it turned out he wasn't," Duncan said.

Duncan said he then ran into the water to pull his friend to shore. Witnesses reportedly ran to help the teens and called 911.

"He was not talking for first couple minutes, but then people started asking him questions, just making sure he was cognitive," Duncan said.

Paramedics said the teen choked on a lot of water, and he was cold and shock, but he is expected to be OK, something for which Duncan said he's sincerely grateful.

"I'm feeling a little shaken up, being his best friend. We are neighbors and buddies, and this is one of the first big things that has happened to us, so it's scary," Bugs said.

There were no lifeguards at the pond Tuesday afternoon, but Clark County has a plan in place to bring at least 10 lifeguards in to work the pond between July 1 and Labor Day of this year.

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