A kayaker found a 6-year-old boy swimming alone in the St. Louis River and helped him back to safety after he was separated from his parent’s sailboat, and a video the kayaker posted on his Instagram depicting the rescue has gone viral.
The kayaker, David Jones, is an avid outdoorsman, and on the afternoon of July 5, he was fishing on the St. Louis River.
This is what DJ Jones wrote on his Instagram account:
“So yesterday I had this feeling of wanting to fish the St. Louis river from the boy scout landing. As I got to the ramp there were 2 different married couples fishing. And a father in his sail boat while his son swam right beside it. As I got into the water everything seemed to be okay at least at the moment. The wind picked up and so did the waves at a swift rate. I watched as the father pulled his anchor. While doing so his son continued swimming as the next time I looked his dad was gone.
As I was hooked into what I believe at the time was a sturgeon. I heard this scream that no parent ever wants to hear. The sound was a child screaming for his life as he’s being swept away by the current. I then bit my fishing line and paddled as quickly as I could to the 6-year-old kid. Other than his dad’s sailboat hundreds of yards away I was the only watercraft in eyesight.
I quickly got the kid to calm down and onto shore. I was worried about how cold he was telling me he felt so I contacted emergency medical services. I stayed long enough to watch law enforcement and his father reunited with his son.”
Watch the video below.
Officers interviewed the child’s parents and learned they were sailing on the river when the boy wanted to swim next to the boat, holding an attached rope. The boy lost hold of the rope, and the wind pushed the sailboat away from the boy.
David said his law enforcement background helped him to calmly react to a serious situation.
With the help of his kayak, he took the 6-year-old about 300 yards back to safety. He can be heard asking the boy to be strong.
“I believe he was in the early stages of hypothermia. He couldn’t remember how old he was. He could barely remember his name,” said David. “His face was turning blue and he was constantly telling me how cold he was.”
This is one of those being at the right place, at the right time moments.
I am sure the family learned a hard lesson through this experience and fortunately their son is ok.
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