Fire official: Boy found clinging to tree branch in water

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Greenville Fire Rescue officials responded to a person in the water by the Greenville Boulevard Bridge on Sunday.

When the first ambulance arrived on scene, firefighters found a young boy clinging to a tree branch in the cold rushing water. Officials said firefighter Steve Strickland grabbed a rope throw bag and tossed it to the boy, who then was able to wrap the lifeline around himself and be pulled to safety.

Authorities said the young boy's core temperature was low but he was conscious and alert the whole time. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center for observation but was expected to be okay.

Fire officials said Strickland went back to the fire station, washed and dried the young boy's clothes and then returned them to the boy at the hospital.

It is unclear why the boy went into the water in the first place. Stay with NewsChannel 12 as we work to get more details on this incident.

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