Pair Plucked From Florida River

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:34am

Toddler and would-be rescuer plucked from swift currents.

Three people helped rescue a toddler from Florida's Caloosahatchee River at Sunday's Taste of the Town event in downtown Fort Myers.

It happened around 2:20 p.m. at Centennial Park.

Two-year-old Nicholai Garrett was walking along a pier with his mother and grandmother when he tripped and fell into the water.

Andy Fowler, 54, jumped in and grabbed the boy to pull him above the water.

As Fowler was fighting the current to get the boy back to land he became tired.

Robert Moss, 43, saw Fowler struggling and jumped in to help.

"I heard there was a baby in the water and instincts took in," Moss said. "I seen him go down once when I got out to him, he went down again. He kind of rolled his eyes and looked at me and said he didn't think he was going to make it."

Moss grabbed both Fowler and the little boy.

"He said he wanted his mommy," Moss said.

He brought the boy to shore and another young man jumped in to save Fowler.

Everyone was safely pulled from the water.

Justin Bacon also saw what was going on and went into the water to help Fowler.

"When I saw the kid's head go underwater, there was no thinking about it," Bacon said.

As they neared the shore, several firefighters can be seen on the video going into the river to help everyone out.

"I'm happy. My legs are sore and and I'm happy everybody's OK," Moss said.

Fowler was taken to Gulf Coast Hospital after ingesting water.

He will remain there another night to recover.

The child was examined by EMS and was unharmed, as were the other rescuers.
 

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