Child Swept Down Swollen Local Creek Found Safe

The child was swept down this creek, which was filled with runoff from rain at the time. (Temple Fire & Rescue photo)

TEMPLE (July 16, 2014) An elementary-age Temple boy who was swept down a rain-swollen creek Tuesday afternoon was found safe after he was able to pull himself from the water.

Temple Fire and Rescue, Temple police and Baylor Scott and White EMS were sent at about 3 p.m. to the 1000 block of North 12th Street after they were told that a child had been swept down a creek that was swollen with rain water.

The boy’s older brother told rescuers the child was trying to cross the creek when he lost his footing, fell and was swept downstream.

The boy was able to grab a low-hanging tree branch and pull himself to a creek bank where he crawled out of the water, TFR spokesman Thomas Pechal said.

Firefighters found him walking toward home, shaken but unhurt.

The boy was taken to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center for evaluation and then reunited with his family, Pechal said.