UPDATE: Bystander helps rescue two-year-old boy from St. Joseph River

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ELKHART, Ind. - UPDATE: EPD says the Elkhart City 911 Communications Center received a call Wednesday, around 12:09 p.m., of a 2-year-old boy in the St. Joseph River, off Edgewater Boulevard.

Officers and Elkhart firefighters were dispatched to the area shortly after.

Authorities' initial investigation indicates the boy entered the river off Edgewater Boulevard.

The boy's family members then attempted to rescue the boy, as he was carried west down the river.

The report says a bystander then helped pull the boy from the river near the Edgewater Park boat ramp, near the Edgewater Boulevard and Okema Street intersection.

At this time, officers and other first responders arrived, and medics rendered first aid.

The boy was taken to Elkhart General hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Authorities say the boy was recently listed in critical condition and taken to Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

During the incident, the boy's father was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor injury sustained in the rescue effort.


ORIGINAL STORY: Elkhart Police report a call came in of a child in the St. Joseph River Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say a bystander assisted in pulling the child from the river near the boat ramp at Edgewater Park.

Medics and first responders arrived around that time.

Responders rendered first aid and transported the child to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

No further info is available at this time.

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