Tot in Critical Condition After Falling into River

Tot in Critical Condition After Falling into River

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Provo police say a three-year-old boy is in critical condition after falling into the Provo River during a family outing at Exchange Park Sunday afternoon.

The boy was playing with other children, throwing rocks into the river. A passer-by saw the boy lose his balance and fall into the river.

Officer Brad Macfarlane saw the boy floating down the river at about 800 North.

As the officer ran along the river, Officer Mike Bastian drove ahead. At Riverside Park, Bastian jumped into the river and grabbed the child.

Bastian was helped out of the river by Macfarlane and a citizen.

C-P-R was performed en route to a hospital emergency room, where doctors and nurses were able to get his heart beating and he began breathing on his own.

He was flown to Primary Children's Hospital where he was in critical condition.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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