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5-year-old rescued from creek sustains life-threatening injuries

By KTVA CBS 11 News 8:14 PM July 4, 2014

Update: Alaska State Troopers say the 5-year-old child passed away from his injuries Sunday morning.

A 5-year-old child was hospitalized with critical injuries Friday night after being rescued from a creek, authorities said.

A call came in around 6:30 p.m. Friday from a scared mother who couldn’t find her child near the Glacier Creek turnout along the Seward Highway, said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. The child was reportedly standing next to the creek while the mother was putting another child in a car seat in her vehicle, troopers said. When the mother turned back around, the 5-year-old was gone.

Alaska State Troopers, additional officers and the Girdwood Fire Department combed area woods and waterways for the missing child, who was found where Glacier Creek runs into Turnagain Arm at approximately 7 p.m., troopers said.

A helicopter from Alpine Air, which carried medical supplies and medics, was on its way when the child was located. CPR was immediately begun and continued until a LifeMed helicopter arrived around 8 p.m. and flew the child to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with life-threatening injuries, troopers said in a Saturday report.

The Seward Highway near Girdwood was briefly shut down Friday evening as part of the rescue effort.

–This is a developing story.


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