The Seward Highway near Girdwood was shut down briefly while medical personnel attempted to land to transport a 5-year-old child who went missing in the water Friday afternoon.
Emergency dispatchers received a call at 6:30 p.m. from a frantic mother who said her child was discovered missing as the Alaska family spent time in the water near the Glacier Creek turnout along the Seward Highway. Alaska State Troopers and Girdwood emergency crews responded to the area, and, using a helicopter provided by Alpine Air Service, were able to locate the child in the water and begin emergency lifesaving efforts.
According to Girdwood Fire Chief William Chadwick, a swiftwater rescue team was deployed in the search efforts, which ended with his rescue from the water on the mudflats at the creek’s runoff. AST Sgt. Michael Zweifel reported the young boy was last seen playing in shallow water while his mother put a younger sibling in a car, but is believed to have slipped in the silty water and been carried downstream toward the mudflats.
According to trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters, the Seward Highway was closed until medical personnel could evacuate the child by helicopter just before 8 p.m., who was under the care of troopers performing CPR on scene.
The young boy is listed in critical condition, and undergoing care for life threatening injuries, according to troopers on Saturday.
KTUU's Lacie Grosvold and Jeff Bridges contributed to this story.
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