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Friday 20 July 2018

Alive...miracle boy found under water speaks to parents

A 12-year-old boy found lifeless under the Pacific Ocean surf has been released from intensive care.

Charles 'Dale' Ostrander, was visiting the the coast of Washington, USA, with members of his church youth group when he was caught in a riptide north of Long Beach, Washington.

It's not clear exactly how long he spent under the water.

Rescuer Eddie Mendez said when he found Dale, the boy was floating about 2ft under the surface. Based on witnesses and rescuers, the boy could have been in the water for 15 minutes.

When he was pulled out, he didn't have a pulse but medics started CPR. Finally, after Dale reached a nearby hospital, his pulse returned.

He was flown from the southwest Washington coast to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

He then opened his eyes as he was eased off sedatives treatment.

On Monday, he said a handful of words to his parents. As they encouraged him to cough to clear his throat, he replied: "I don't have to."

Doctors had cautioned that even if Dale survived, he could have brain damage.

But yesterday he was released from intensive care.

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