Steamboat Springs A 2-year-old boy from the Milner area was recovering in a Denver hospital Monday afternoon after he was rescued from the Yampa River on Sunday night.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Jerry Stabile said Monday that the boy apparently walked away from his parents and a large group of swimmers where the river flows behind Snow Bowl Plaza in west Steamboat at about 5 p.m. and likely fell into the river after losing his balance while playing with a stick. He said the boy’s parents may have been distracted while trying to remove leeches from other swimmers.
A group of tubers and rafters found the boy wedged between rocks and unconscious in the water about 150 yards downriver, Stabile said.
The boy’s father performed CPR to revive his son and then drove him to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and then flown to Childrens Hospital in Denver around 7:30 p.m. because of concerns he still had water in his lungs.
Stabile said he spoke with the boy’s mother Monday night, who said after her son was taken off a ventilator in the morning, he was in good condition and “returned to being her normal 2-year-old boy” by noon. She told Stabile her son is expected to be discharged from the hospital today.
“It was an unbelievable outcome for something that could have been a horrific incident,” Stabile said.
Police would not release the child’s name.
Anyone with information about the incident or who was involved in the search can call Stabile at 970-879-4345.
Sunday’s near drowning is the second in Steamboat this summer after 15-month-old Edwin Rodriguez nearly drowned after he fell in Butcherknife Creek on June 4. Rodriguez was released from a Denver hospital last month.