(GOLD BEACH, Ore.) — A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy and a young boy were hospitalized after being rescued from a dangerous rip current off of Harris Beach on Monday evening.
According to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Terry Brown was the first deputy to the scene where a young boy was reportedly struggling against a rip current and in imminent danger. After putting on a life vest and attaching a rope to himself, Brown waded into the current and attempted to keep the boy from slipping under the water. Upon reaching the boy, later identified as Joshua, Brown was forced to release the rope.
After about 45 minutes, while Brown helped to keep the boy afloat, responders were finally able to reach the pair. After being brought to shore, it was determined that Brown was in critical condition and slipping out of consciousness. The child was deemed to be hypothermic and both were taken to Sutter Coast Hospital.
Both Brown and Joshua are expected to recover. Joshua may be released on Tuesday evening.
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