11-year-old Cedar Hill boy drowns in Big River


CEDAR HILL, Mo. – An 11-year-old child drowned in the Big River in Jefferson County on Sunday afternoon. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak, the incident unfolded around 3:15 p.m.

The child was wearing a life vest when he entered the river and attempted to swim downstream. The boy got caught on a log in the middle of the river and went under the water. He did not resurface.

A deputy arrived at the scene, stripped his uniform, and swam across the river to rescue the child. The deputy administered CPR until an EMS unit arrived. The boy was taken to St. Clare Hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.

“It’s not one of these things that you can just walk away from and not remember. Every time we do one of these it’s always a bad ending. My heart goes out to the families anytime this happens. It’s tough, and it’s tough on our guys too. It’s just a tragedy all the way around,” Cedar Hill Assistant Fire Chief Greg Shuster said.

If you are going to swim in a river, Shuster suggests go in a group, wear a life jacket, and be familiar with the river.

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