Preteen rescued from creek on life support

RADNOR TWP., Pa. - July 25, 2011

At around 8:00 p.m., Radnor Township police and medic units were called out to the Ithan Creek along the 200 block of Pembroke Road for the report of a 12-year-old boy drowning.

The boy was with two of his friends when the accident happened.

"Apparently, during the severe flooding you saw earlier, him and his friends, from what we gather, thought it would be cool to go swimming. They apparently jumped in the creek with a couple of rafts and unfortunately, he got sucked into the culvert," Radnor Township Police Superintendent William Colarulo said.

One of the boy's friends ran to his house and called 911 and police rushed to the find the child in jeopardy, with heavy rains coming down.

"We had a hard time finding him. When he finally did pop out of the water, we got him out, they started administering CPR. There was a doctor on the scene which was very beneficial for this young man," Colarulo said.

The boy was rushed to Bryn Mawr Hospital and later transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he remains on life support in critical, but stable condition.

"We're just keeping our fingers crossed; he's in our prayers. It's just one of those tragic incidents. For some reason they thought it was a good idea to go swimming in all the rain and they didn't realize what the consequences could be," Colarulo said.

The 12-year-old's identity has not been released.

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