Frederick county 6-year-old drowns in creek

April 10, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

WOLFSVILLE, Md. - A 6-year-old Wolfsville, Md., boy was pulled from the Catoctin Creek Thursday night more than 4 1/2 hours after he disappeared in the swift-moving water, according to Maryland State Police in Frederick County.

The boy was found at 10:12 p.m., not far from where he went into the creek, said Trooper 1st Class Robert Calo.

He was taken to Washington County Hospital, Calo said.

Police withheld the boy's name pending notification of family, Calo said.

Hospital spokesman John Costopoulos said the boy was in critical condition at 11:25 p.m.

The boy was playing with three other youths on the banks of the Catoctin Creek near Md. 17 at Highland School Road in Frederick County at about 5:30 p.m. when he voluntarily went into the water, Calo said.

"He wasn't pushed in or cajoled into the water," he said.

The creek's current, which was swifter than usual because of the recent rain, pulled the boy under, Calo said.


The three youths with whom he had been playing ran along the creek trying to spot the boy, but they lost sight of him, Calo said.

They located some people who were fishing in the creek downstream and told them what happened, Calo said.

Rescue crews were notified and dozens of firefighters, police and residents searched for the child, police said.

Thursday night's incident is the second time in a week a Frederick County boy was pulled from a creek.

On Monday, a 2-year-old Frederick, Md., boy was pulled from Carroll Creek near Sagner Drive.

Foster Marques Bowie, of 24 Sagner Drive, was listed in critical condition Thursday in the pediatric intensive care unit of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Bowie had been pulled from the creek and CPR had begun by the time police and ambulance crews arrived.

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