FW visitor rescues drowning boy




Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 6:25 PM


Darla Miles reports

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FORT WORTH - For one drowning child, an out-of-towner was at the right place at the right time as he jogged along the Trinity River Wednesday evening in Fort Worth.

After receiving a call about a drowning, a diving team and emergency crews rushed to the Trinity River banks to discover a total stranger had already done the job.

With spring break underway, hundreds of kids were enjoying their down time along the Trinity River. Jogging along the Trinity Trails, Mark Ward - who was in town on business - said he spotted something unusual.

"I noticed there was some commotion going on in the water," he said. "There was three little heads bopping up and down in the water in the middle of the current."

Ward said he ran down the hill, took off his shoes, dove into water and swam into the middle of the river.

"I said, 'Who do I need to take first,' because they were all drowning," he said. "There's no doubt about it, but they were playing toss with this boy trying to keep him above water."

They tossed the child to Ward.

"I grabbed him [and] I put him on my chest," he said. "I said, 'You hang on.' He said, 'I don't want to die,' and he must have said that five or six times."

Ward got him safely to the river banks as the other two women in the water made their way out of the river.

"He says, 'I didn't mean to fall in. I didn't mean to,'" Ward said of the boy. "He was so worried about being in trouble after all that."

Ward said that little face has stuck with him and he wants to meet with the child again.

"I would love to see him again," he said.

The child and his mom were checked out by MedStar and were okay.