Elmira (WSYR-TV/WETM-TV) – Emergency responders helped rescue an 8-year-old child from a river in the Southern Tier community of Elmira on Friday evening.
The boy is in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following the incident.
Elmira Fire Deputy Jim Sincock says the child likely traveled 150 yards from where he initially disappeared, and may have been underwater for about five minutes, before being found floating upside down in the Chemung River.
Shaun Campbell was swimming with a group of friends when a family member realized he was gone.
The boy's mother says it was her brother, Shaun's uncle, who first noticed.
“My brother jumped in, pulled him out, got him on shore and started doing CPR,” Terri Campbell told WETM-TV
. First responders said all you could see were sneakers, and that the child was blue once removed from the water, according to WETM-TV.
EMS took the child away by ambulance.
Officials declined to comment on the child’s status shortly after the incident.
The boy's family says he still has a lot to overcome as he recovers.
His brain is still swollen and he's taking several antibiotics because of all the river water he swallowed.
The incident is under investigation.