What Saved Crying Toddler in Overturned Boat

'Please God send someone now ... please hurry,' mom pleaded in 911 call
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2016 11:21 AM CDT
Air Pocket Saves Toddler Trapped Under Boat
A close call on the water for a Florida family (different boat seen here).   (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Rescuers scrambling to rescue a 23-month-old after a boat crash in Cocoa, Fla., on Friday night could hear the toddler crying, but they couldn't figure out where she was. Those tense moments gave way to relief as Kennedy Bossard was located underneath the overturned boat, frightened but OK, 45 minutes after rescuers arrived on the scene. It was her life jacket and an air pocket that kept her safe, News 6 reports. Kennedy was on the boat in the Indian River after dinner with her family—including mom Tammy, dad Brian, and 7-month-old sister Charlotte—when the vessel crashed into a power line and threw the four into the water, per ABC News. "I'm in the river," Tammy said in her 911 call. "My boat crashed and I have a baby still in the water. Please God send someone now … please hurry."

The Cocoa Police Department says on its Facebook page it received several 911 calls and that patrol officers rushed to the scene, quickly locating the other three members of Kennedy's family with the help of a nearby boater and "multiple agencies." Finding Kennedy proved challenging in the dark and cold river, but officers Matt Rush and Alan Worthy persevered until they tracked her down floating in the air pocket and yanked her to safety. "I just can't imagine," Tammy Bossard said of what her daughter's fate could have been, per CNN, becoming emotional as she thanked rescuers for "saving our baby and saving our world." All four family members were taken to the hospital to be checked out and are in good condition, though the Bossards say Kennedy is at slight risk for developing asthma because of the stress on her lungs. (Two teens went missing off the coast of Florida last year.)

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