(WNBC-TV) A Long Island woman who was rescued by a lifeguard when she nearly drowned in a Long Island pool as a 5-year-old has found her hero, almost 50 years after her brush with death.

Eady Rothstein, now living in Ramsey, N.J., was sitting on the edge of a pool at a club near Lido Beach on Long Island in 1964 when she suddenly slipped in.

“I can picture being underwater, screaming,” recalled Rothstein.

A young lifeguard jumped in and gave the little girl mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for several minutes. He persisted until she regained consciousness, saving her life.

“I’ve always said I wanted to thank him, and I should do it,” said Rothstein.

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