Miami-Dade County

Child critically injured after being rescued from a canal

A child was rescued Sunday from a canal near Southwest 204th Street and 127th Avenue.
A child was rescued Sunday from a canal near Southwest 204th Street and 127th Avenue. omellado@miamiherald.com

A child was airlifted to the hospital Sunday after nearly drowning in a Southwest Miami-Dade canal, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

It was not clear how the child got into the canal or how long the child was under water before being rescued.

According to Felipe Lay, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Fire, a call came in around 4 p.m. reporting a child was in the canal near Southwest 204th Street and 127th Avenue.

Lay said divers jumped in and found the child underwater.

The child, who Lay said was over 10 years old, was in critical condition and was taken by air to the hospital.

No other information was immediately available.

But Lay said the incident is a reminder of how important it is for children to learn how to swim.

“You may not live near the beach or have a pool, but there is water everywhere in South Florida,” he said.

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