FORT MYERS, Fla. - A toddler was rescued from the Caloosahatchee river Sunday afternoon after two bystanders jumped in to save him. Fort Myers Police, Fire and Lee County EMS responded to the City Pier just before 2:30 p.m. in reference to a child in the river.
Upon arrival, police learned that a two-year old boy was walking on the pier with his mother when he tripped and fell in the water. A 54-year-old man jumped in to save the toddler. While swimming back to shore with the boy, the man became tired.
Another witness saw the man struggle and jumped in the water to help. FMFD Rescue 11 arrived on scene first and firefighter Joe LeFebre jumped into the water and saved the child who was beginning to go underwater. Engine 11 arrived on scene second and Acting Captain Rob Wall and firefighter Gian Musino swam out and saved one victim who was clinging to a cooler and another victim that was struggling to swim to shore.
Lee County EMS assessed all three patients and transported the child and one of the adult bystanders. Police say the child is fine, and the other adult had became ill from ingesting water.