CMN Miracle Kid saves family from sinking boat - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

CMN Miracle Kid saves family from sinking boat

CMN Miracle Kid Natalee Olivarez CMN Miracle Kid Natalee Olivarez
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

One of our CMN Miracle Kids was honored by the Lubbock City Council on Thursday, Oct. 10, for her heroic actions back in September.

The Sudan, Texas girl is being called a hero after rescuing a family on Buffalo Springs Lake back in August.

It's a scary story with a happy ending and the hero of the story is a familiar face on KCBD.

Natalee Olivarez says she was out on the lake with her family on Saturday evening when she noticed a nearby boat was overtaken by waves, causing the occupants to jump out in the middle of the deep lake.

"The first thing I saw was a man holding a baby and the baby was going under," said Olivarez, 16.

Natalee Olivarez is a 2013 CMN Miracle Kid and she proved to be a miracle child in more ways than one this year.

"When I realized they needed help, my reaction was to jump in the water and get to the first person that I could," Olivarez said.

Olivarez says that was the little baby.  However, her job was far from over.

"I saw a woman holding a two-year-old and I helped get the two-year-old on our boat.  Then I pulled a little boy about five away from getting squished between our two boats and treaded water until I could find the time to put him on our boat.  Then I helped another little girl about 11," she said.

Natalee has been fighting a chronic pain disease for the past three years.  But through treatments, she says the pain stopped a few months ago.  And she believes she was there for a purpose.

"I believe that God put me in the right place at the right time and gave me the strength and courage to jump in the water to help pull the people out."

Olivarez is a 2013 CMN Miracle Kid. You can see her story here.

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