OMAHA — A troop of Boy Scouts on a camping trip to earn merit badges ended up saving an 18-month-old girl’s life.

About five members of the Omaha St. Cecilia’s Troop 100 were swimming in the Platte River at Two Rivers State Recreation Area on Saturday.

Eleven-year-old Christian Nanson spotted the girl, Stephanie Pacheco, floating face-down in the water. He yelled to John Fitzgerald, 9, for help, according to assistant scoutmaster Matt Fitzgerald, who is John Fitzgerald’s father.

The two boys grabbed the girl out of the water while other Scouts found a cell phone to call for help and directed rescuers.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy David Brock said the girl was treated for hypothermia and released from the hospital on Monday. She had been family members before she slipped away.

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