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8-year-old boy rescued from Rock River in Janesville

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 09:00:10-04

Janesville police officers rescued an 8-year-old boy who fell in the Rock River Sunday.

Janesville Police and Fire responded to the water rescue call around 2 p.m. in which the child fell off a pier into the river.

Officials deployed a throw rope, which the child was able to grab onto and then pulled him to the edge of a cement embankment where they held him until additional officers were able to assist in the rescue. They were unable to lift the child out of the water because of the steep embankment.

Another officer then asked a nearby fisherman for help. The fisherman was able to lift the boy out of the water and officers then lifted the child the rest of the way over the embankment and onto land.

The child had no apparent injuries but was transported to a local hospital for a medical examination.