CASS COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities say a 6-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday evening after being pulled from a body of water in Cass County.
Witnesses told officers that Jacob Robinson was playing near a creek that flows near Galveston Park when he fell into the water and was unable to be located. According to the Galveston Town Marshal, the water was moving at 12 to 15 miles per hour at the time he fell in.
"With as much water as we’ve gotten even these small creeks or ditches, or small bodies of water, they can get moving fast enough to pull away a grown man, an adult, even a good swimmer," said Gary Fordyce, Town Marshal.
First responders were called to the scene around 8:15 p.m. and began looking for Robinson. Approximately 45 minutes after the initial 911 call, first responders located him in the water and immediately began CPR.
Fordyce and volunteer firefighter Zach Zimmerman worked with the boy's father to try to save the child's life.
"I was on the roadway and heard the father screaming that he had the child," Zimmerman said. "We were attempting to pull him from the water but the force of the water was so strong."
He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, where he was pronounced dead.
"No one can imagine the pain the family is going through now with the loss of their child," Fordyce said. "It's extremely traumatic I have children of my own I couldn’t imagine being in that situation."
An autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon by the Howard County coroner's office. Their findings are consistent with a drowning but official results are still pending.
“Conservation officers want to stress the dangers of flood waters and swift water and the importance of avoiding those areas,” said DNR in a release.
The Galveston Town Marshal told CBS4 that Robinson lived in the area with his mother and father, and they were both present at the time of the incident. An autopsy is scheduled for today.