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November 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Sheriff: Dog, not a child, was spotted in Cedar River

UPDATE WITH CORRECTION at 12:39 p.m: The King County Sheriff’s Office now says a child was not swept into the Cedar River Wednesday morning.

Turns out the woman who was rescued from the river had gone in the water to rescue a black Labrador retriever, according to KING-TV. It was the dog that was likely seen by a witness who reported the woman and a child in the water, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman was unable to immediately explain that a child was not missing in the river, KING reports.

Deputies believe the Lab got out of the water on its own and made its way home.

UPDATE, 11:29 a.m.: Rescue crews searching a stretch of the Cedar River Wednesday morning for a boy who was spotted in the chilly waters are now involved in “a recovery effort” since it’s unlikely the child survived, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates said that at least one homeowner living near the river spotted a woman and a boy, believed to be around 5, being swept downstream. The sheriff’s marine unit and firefighters responded.

Deputies were able to pull the woman, believed to be in her 20s, from the water in a section of the river in Renton. She was taken to a hospital, Gates said.

Rescue crews continued searching for the child, but have not found him.

“Unfortunately, at this time we’re calling it a recovery,’ Gates said. “At 8:30 a.m. it was called in. It’s highly unlikely it is survivable. I’m holding out hope the little person washed ashore.”

Deputies do not know the relationship between the woman and child.

It’s unclear how the two ended up in the river. Deputies have not located a car that went into the water, nor have they found a car parked near the river, Gates said.

When asked if the two could have been swept away by flooding waters, Gates said that the Cedar River is running fast, but is not at flood stage like other nearby rivers.

The Associated Press

UPDATE, 10:35 a.m. | Marine units from numerous police and fire agencies are getting ready to re-enter the Cedar River to continue searching for missing child, according to a tweet from the King County Sheriff’s office.

ORIGINAL POST | Rescuers have pulled a woman from the rain-swollen Cedar River at Renton and divers are searching for a 5-year-old boy who was reportedly with her.

The two were seen floating down the river Wednesday morning near Ron Regis Park. King County sheriff’s deputies and the Renton Fire Department responded.

The fire department’s Eric Walgreen tells KOMO the woman was located and pulled from the water. She is conscious and being treated by medics.

The search continues for the boy.

It’s unknown how they landed in the water.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: Cedar River


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