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.