Boy pulled from Pacific surf in dramatic rescue

By The Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Wash. (AP) — The father of a 12-year-old boy who was swept away by a Pacific riptide and was pulled out of the cold water by rescuers after about 20 minutes says it is a miracle his son survived.

Chad Onstrander told The AP: “I expected to say our goodbyes and so did my wife, and we were just prepared for that.”

His son, Dale, was pulled beneath the water last Friday while swimming near Long Beach. Rescuers recovered him after about 20 minutes but the boy didn’t have a pulse. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where his heart started beating.

The boy was later taken to a hospital in Portland, where he spoke his first words on Monday.

The boy’s father says he was released from intensive care on Wednesday.