DETROIT (WWJ) – A 2-year-old boy was rescued from the water about a half hour after he was reported missing during a Labor Day celebration on Detroit’s Belle Isle.
Michigan State Police say they received a report around 7:10 p.m. Monday about a toddler who was missing near the water slide on beach.
Troopers and Department of Natural Resources officers started a search with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol. Troopers also closed the island as a precaution “in case of abduction,” and searched all vehicles attempting to leave the island.
During the search, around 7:40 p.m., two kids spotted the toddler floating down the Detroit River on his back, approximately 25 yards off shore and about 1,000 yards downriver from where he went in the water. An off-duty Detroit firefighter pulled the child from the water and he was transported to a local hospital. Police say the child was breathing and in stable condition upon arrival.
The incident remains under investigation. Troopers from the Special Enforcement Section and detectives from the Special Investigation Section are handling the case, according to state police.
The child is expected to recover.
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