Bystanders rush to save drowning 4-year-old near Lyons

The child was not wearing a life vest

Four bystanders jumped into action after a 4-year-old boy fell into a river at the North Fork County Park (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Four bystanders jumped into action after a 4-year-old boy fell into a river at the North Fork County Park (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

LYONS, Ore. (KOIN) — Four good Samaritans leaped into action Sunday afternoon after a 4-year-old boy fell into a river at the North Fork County Park.

According to Marion County deputies, the boy was standing with his father and siblings next to the water’s edge when he ended up in the river around 3 p.m.

Jason McDade talks to KOIN 6 News about helping save a 4-year-old boy from drowning, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)
Jason McDade talks to KOIN 6 News about helping save a 4-year-old boy from drowning, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)

The water quickly took the boy from the upper pool through the rapids and into the lower pool.

Jason McDade and Christian Lozano jumped into action and pulled the boy from the water.

McDade told KOIN 6 News, “I literally had my eyes off the kid for like 10 seconds and by that time, he was all the way under the water and no one had seen what was going on besides me.”

McDade said when he grabbed the boy from the water, he was “limp.”

Once the boy was back on the beach, a certified nursing assistant Kelda Klukis and a registered nurse Maryela Lozano began performing CPR on the “boy’s lifeless body.”

Klukis said, “There was no pulse by the time I got to him.”

Kelda Klukis, a certified nursing assistant, was one of the bystanders who helped save the boy, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)
Kelda Klukis, a certified nursing assistant, was one of the bystanders who helped save the boy, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)

Klukis said it took her and Lozano about 5 minutes of CPR before they were able to get a good heart rate.

The boy was breathing again when paramedics arrived and was transported to Santiam Hospital where he only spent an hour before heading back home.

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

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reminded people to wear life vests in open water and also thanked the rescuers who worked together to save the boy’s life.