Boy, 3, critical after falling into Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park

Saturday, July 15, 2017 07:57PM
Boy, 3, critical after falling into Schuylkill River. Annie McCormick reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on July 15, 2017.


FAIRMOUNT PARK - Police say a 3-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after he fell into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

Action News is told 911 calls came in at noon Saturday after the boy fell off a dock near the St. Joseph's University boathouse along Kelly Drive.

Family and friends, including his father jumped in to find him. Police and firefighters quickly responded.

Medics rushed the three-year-old boy to Children's Hospital after rescue crews pulled him from the waters of the Schuylkill River. He remains in ICU.

Police shut down Kelly Drive as emergency crews searched.

On the banks of the water, people comforted each other seeing a glimpse of hope when firefighters and police found the young boy.

Later today adults playing along the river banks with children reacted.

Valerie Franks' three and five-year-old great grandkids stayed close to her after hearing the news.

She said, "They're very curious and they don't know danger. They don't know danger."

Alex Harrison became extra vigilant over her four-year-old twins, thinking about what the family of the young boy must be going through.

"It's sad because when we come out here as parents, we don't think about your child falling into the river. I feel bad for the family," Harrison said.

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