Boy rescued from Provo River

The Provo River is shown Tuesday. A 13-year-old boy was rescued from the river Tuesday afternoon.

The Provo River is shown Tuesday. A 13-year-old boy was rescued from the river Tuesday afternoon. (Mark Less, KSL-TV)


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PROVO — A 13-year-old boy was rescued from the Provo River Tuesday afternoon.

According to a release from the Provo Police Department, the boy, who has special needs, went into the river at Riverside Park.

The department reported that while officials were "readying their rescue," a bystander got in the river and held onto the boy until rescuers could pull him out.

"(It is) an absolutely astounding rescue for sure," said Provo Fire and Rescue Capt. Jeanie Atherton.

Medics checked on the boy before he returned to his family.

"This (river flow) doesn't look bad, but it's moving fast enough that had we not got him where we did, it gets a little quicker, a little more turbulent, there's more things in the water that he could get hung up on and he was not wearing a life jacket. So we absolutely could have had a bad outcome with this call," Atherton said.

"While we commend the passer-by for assisting in this rescue, we want to stress that conditions are very dangerous right now, and we do not recommend anyone entering the water without safety equipment," the release said. "We are grateful for a successful outcome for both parties."

As peak flow in rivers and streams is yet to come, officials are warning the public to stay away.

"Stay out of the water, period. There is no reason to go near it, there is no reason to go in it. If you're hot, go to a public pool." Atherton said.

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