Child critical after falling into central California river
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a 7-month-old boy rescued from a river in central California is at a hospital in intensive care.
Tulare County sheriff’s spokeswoman Liz Jones said Thursday a family friend who jumped into the Kaweah River near Visalia to save the boy was also hospitalized Tuesday.
Authorities say the child was part of a Visalia family of three adults and three children who were using floatation devices but were not wearing life jackets.
The boy fell off his floatation device, was swept away and submerged. The 37-year-old family friend managed to find the boy before he had to be rescued by police.
Jones says the man checked himself out of the hospital Wednesday. Officials did not release their names.
People are being urged to use caution at waterways.