September 30, 2014
RENO, NV -- Getting in the river is a great way to cool off but a seven-year-old boy had to be rescued from the Truckee River Friday afternoon.
The boy was with his family downtown, but he was the only one in the water. He was on a small inflatable raft... the kind you use in a swimming pool.
The water carried him downriver, and he ended up on an island near the Sierra Street bridge. Firefighters lowered a ladder from the bridge and plucked him off the island, and he's not hurt.
The river this year is much slower and lower than last year, when we had a lot more river rescues than the few we've had so far this year.
The firefighter who rescued the boy is one who was scheduled to be laid off because of budget cuts, but his job was saved by the recent federal grant for the City of Reno.