May 26, 2019 07:21 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- A boy is safe in his father's arms after he was rescued from the Zumbro River Sunday afternoon.
According to Rochester Police, around 2:30 p.m. the child was with his father at a park near the Rochester Family Y when he wandered off. Officers told ABC 6 News he has autism and was likely drawn to the sound of the water. Authorities say the boy made it down to the Zumbro River bank near Soldiers Field Park and started walking in the water. A passerby saw what was happening and immediately called 911 ...all the while the boy's father; noticing he was gone, reported him missing.
Rochester Firefighters tell us the boy was then swept away by the river. The boy floated about a quarter of a mile downstream when fire rescue crews were able to scoop him up out of the water and into the safety of their boat.
"There was definitely urgency to it. The child; we believe to be 2 to 4 years old, he's quite small so he could get hypothermic quite easily. It was a matter of moments, we had police officers and if you look to your left you can see Fire Hall One and they deployed with a boat, " said Officer Craig Jacobsen, a Patrol Specalist with the Rochester Police Department.
Thanks to the quick response from police, firefighters, and Mayo Clinic EMS workers, the boy is said to be doing well.
Officer Jacobsen said first responders did a precautionary check and returned the child to his father. He added this is the first water-related call for Rochester police so far this Memorial Day weekend.
Police want to remind everyone to be safe around bodies of water especially since water temperatures are still cool and currents can be deadly.
Updated: May 26, 2019 07:21 PM
Created: May 26, 2019 05:28 PM
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