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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:21 am, Sat Jun 30, 2012.

A Lodi woman was pulled from Lodi Lake on Friday morning by city employees after she was discovered floating at the shoreline, unconscious.

At approximately 10 a.m., Lodi firefighters and paramedics responded to the Lodi Lake area just off of West Turner Road, where three city employees who work for the Parks and Recreation Department had pulled a 43-year-old woman from the edge of the water, according to Lodi police.

The woman was unresponsive and did not have a pulse when firefighters and paramedics arrived, said Ron Penix, battalion chief for the Lodi Fire Department. She also had water in her lungs, he said.

The woman had been found by her teenage daughter, Lodi police stated, who had gone for a run in the wilderness area and then come back to look for her mother.

When firefighters and paramedics arrived, city employees had already begun to perform CPR on the woman. Paramedics quickly loaded her into the ambulance and took her to Lodi Memorial Hospital.

By the time paramedics reached the hospital, the woman had a pulse and blood pressure, Penix said.

The woman was still alive later Friday.

"We have to wait and see and keep our fingers crossed," Penix said.

Police said there were no signs of foul play when the woman was found, but that it is still unclear just how she ended up in the lake.

The investigation into how the woman ended up unconscious in the lake is still ongoing.

Credit, however, is given to the city employees for saving the woman's life, according to both the Lodi Fire and the Lodi Police Departments.

"If they weren't there, things could have gone very bad," Penix said.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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