10-year-old drowns in Stillaguamish River

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy was swept away in the Stillaguamish River Sunday afternoon near Arlington and drowned.

The Snohomish County sheriff's office says he was visiting Twin Rivers Park with his family when he was lost in the cold, swift river.

He was spotted by a search helicopter a half-mile downstream and could not be revived by emergency responders. He was not wearing a life jacket.

It was the eighth drowning this year in the county and the second in the Stillaguamish River.

The boy's mother, Stephanie Spratt, told KIRO ( http://bit.ly/13h52xg) her son Elijah Gene Spratt should have been wearing a life jacket.

Friends saw him swim into deep water and struggle to hang onto a log, and then he was pulled away by the current.


Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html

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