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Missing autistic boy found, pulled from Lancaster Creek by first responder

by: Ryan Nadeau

LANCASTER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A missing autistic child was found and rescued from a creek in Lancaster County on Wednesday.

According to Lancaster County Emergency Services (LCES), at about 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, multiple local emergency crews responded to the area of Shore Drive for report of a missing boy with autism. Upon arrival, they quickly began to search the area for the child.

“Through training, it was recognized that persons with autism are typically drawn to water,” the Facebook post made about this incident reads.

Lancaster Creek was identified as the closest body of water. Crews reportedly found the boy in the creek, about ten feet from the shore.

According to LCES, one of the EMS providers at the scene, Alex Symons, went into the creek and pulled the child from the water. He was looked over by EMS for any possible injuries before being reunited with his family.


Gerardo Martinez

So happy this was a good outcome. For many it is not.

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