TUMWATER – A fast-acting Shelton man rescued an infant from the Deschutes River and performed CPR after the stroller the boy was in rolled away from his mother at Tumwater Falls Park, Tumwater officials said Saturday.
The 8-month-old boy was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma shortly after the stroller plunged into the river. His health status was not available Saturday.
According to Tumwater detective Jen Kolb:
About 6:35 p.m. Friday, Rebecca Bennett of Shelton was at the park with at least two children. She was distracted for a moment, and her stroller rolled into the river below the falls.
Victor Moffett jumped into the river and pulled out the boy and the stroller.
Moffett performed CPR on the child, who began breathing on his own, according to a Tumwater Fire Department news release.
Bennett and Moffett could not be reached Saturday, and it was unclear whether they know each other, Kolb said. Tumwater Fire Capt. Brad Ridgeway estimates that the boy spent 11/2 to five minutes in the water.
Julie Sievers of Olympia said she was at the park and heard a woman scream, then saw the boy “tumbling over the edge in the stroller.” She described the stroller as a “jogging stroller” with three wheels and that the park slopes down to the riverbank in that area.
Moffett responded with “lighting speed” and got wet up to his chest during the rescue, Sievers said.
She added that the river is much higher than usual because of the warm wea- ther and recent snow- melt.
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