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Near-death experience on Lake Winnebago leads Valders girl down diver's path

Trapped underwater for 30 minutes, 11-year-old now has scuba license

9:56 PM, Nov. 17, 2012
Calumet County Dive Team member Connie Loewe, left, with 11-year-old Tiffany Dombrowski of Valders. Loewe was one of the people who came to Dombrowski's rescue in Lake Winnebago in 2009.
Calumet County Dive Team member Connie Loewe, left, with 11-year-old Tiffany Dombrowski of Valders. Loewe was one of the people who came to Dombrowski's rescue in Lake Winnebago in 2009.
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Becoming a certified scuba diver is no easy feat. It requires hours of training, lots of practice and the ability to mentally overcome the fear associated with the sport.

An 11-year-old Valders girl has overcome these issues and more. Tiffany Dombrowski recently received her scuba diving certificate three years after a tragic accident trapped her in the icy waters of Lake Winnebago.

Tiffany, then 7, was in a truck on a frozen Lake Winnebago off the east shore in February 2009 with Daniel Kleinhans and his daughter, Savannah, when the truck broke through the ice. Daniel and Savannah died. ...

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