Boy released from hospital after Yampa River rescue |

Boy released from hospital after Yampa River rescue

— A 2-year-old boy rescued from the Yampa River on Sunday night was released from a Denver hospital Tuesday morning and is on his way back home, police said.

The boy, whose identity police have not released, was flown Sunday to Children's Hospital in Denver after he nearly drowned at about 5 p.m. in the Yampa behind Snow Bowl Plaza in west Steamboat.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Jerry Stabile said Monday that the 2-year-old apparently walked away from his parents and a large group of swimmers 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 Children's Hospital because of concerns he still had water in his lungs.

"It was an unbelievable outcome for something that could have been a horrific incident," Stabile said Monday.

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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.

— To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email

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