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July 15, 2017

3-year-old boy hospitalized after falling in Schuylkill River

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Schuylkill River B. Krist/Visit Philadelphia™

Rowers, kayakers and canoers alike have been asked to keep an eye out for a high-end wheelchair that fell into the Schuylkill River this weekend when a canoe tipped over.

A 3-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday after falling into the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row.

A Philadelphia police spokesman said the boy was in the water for about an hour before members of the police department's Marine Unit pulled him out.

He was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit, according to police.

The boy fell off the edge of a dock and into the water near the Saint Joseph's University boathouse on Kelly Drive around 11:40 p.m., police said. The boy's father had jumped in after him, but could not find him, police said.

The boy was rescued from the water around 12:35 p.m.

Kelly Drive had been closed in the area, but has since reopened, police said.