Child rescued from Kuskokwim River

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2002

NAPASKIAK (AP) -- A 3-year-old boy who fell into the Kuskokwim River near the western Alaska village of Napaskiak was revived after being pulled out by a teacher, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bernard Williams was playing with his 4-year-old cousin Monday afternoon when he fell into the river. The cousin sought help from school teacher Mike Husa but was unable to communicate what happened. The child just kept pointing to the water, saying ''coat,'' troopers said.

Husa saw something that looked like a coat floating in the water and decided to use his boat to retrieve it for the child. When he got close, he saw the 3-year-old floating in the water.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Husa jumped into the waist-deep water and brought the boy to shore, where CPR was performed.

The boy was revived and taken to Yukon Kuskokwim Health Center in Bethel. Troopers said he was doing well but would be taken to Anchorage for further tests.

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