Boy who nearly drowned in the Applegate River recovering

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – We have an update today on the 4-year-old boy who nearly drowned Sunday at Cantrall Buckley Park in the Applegate.

It happened around 6:15 Sunday night on the south side of the Cantrall Buckley Bridge in the Applegate River.

We’re told a parent briefly turned their back and the 4-year-old was taken downstream by the current.

Police said the boy was eventually pulled from the water five to ten minutes after going missing, downstream at a big circle of rocks.

On Thursday, his loved ones said Josecito is awake and off anesthesia, but still in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

A GoFundMe* has been set up for the boy who was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the spinal cord.

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