Child dies after falling off boat in Indiana

Authorities in northern Indiana say a 3-year-old died after falling off the back of a pontoon boat.
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Authorities in northern Indiana say a 3-year-old died after falling off the back of a pontoon boat.

The boy was wearing a life jacket as he swam with his family, but he took it off when he got back onto the boat. It was then that the people on the boat heard a splash from the back of the boat and realized that Bryson Washington had disappeared into the St. Joseph River just west of the St. Joseph-Elkhart County line.

When they heard the splash, the half dozen or so family and friends looked around for Bryson, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Dive teams circled the pontoon boat where people were still aboard. Some supervisors watched from a resident’s backyard on an opposite shore.

About 50 minutes after police got the initial call, divers found the boy where the water is about 20 feet deep, Conservation Officer Jon Boyd said.

He said alcohol wasn’t involved among the adults on the boat and no foul play is suspected.

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