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Bystanders rescue boy from drowning at North Fork County Park

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(Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office) (Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Four strangers jumped into action to help rescue a 4-year-old boy who was swept down the river at North Fork County Park recreation area in Marion County. 

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. Sunday. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was standing with his father and siblings next to the water’s edge and ended up in the river after his father looked away for a few moments.

The water quickly took the boy from the upper pool, through the rapids and into the lower pool, the sheriff’s office said. 

Two men, Jason McDade and Christian Lozano, jumped into action and pulled the boy from the water. On the beach, a certified nursing assistant, Kelda Klukis, and a registered nurse, Maryela Lozano, then began CPR on the boy. 

When paramedics arrived, the boy was again breathing. He was taken to Santiam Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. 

The boy was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident.

The sheriff’s office wants to remind people to please wear a life vest, especially in or around moving water. 

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