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Deputy: Boy, 5, critical after SW Wash. river rescue; girl, 11, should be OK

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CASTLE ROCK, Washington — A Cowlitz County sheriff's officer says a 5-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after he and his 11-year-old sister were rescued from the Cowlitz River in southwest Washington.

KATU-TV reports two people out enjoying the warm weather late Thursday afternoon rescued the boy and began CPR. Emergency crews took over and he was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says the girl was taken to a hospital to be checked for hypothermia but is expected to be OK.

A rescue diver found the girl clinging to a stump in the river but the boy had drifted about 1/2 mile downstream.

The deputy says the boy and girl had been playing on an inner tube when the boy slipped off. Neither child was wearing a life vest.

The rescue took place near Castle Rock, Washington.

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