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Fri., 11:07am: Search resumes for Ohio boy swept away in creek

July 12, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

AKRON -- Rescue crews planned to resume the search for a 12-year-old autistic boy who was swept away in a rain-swollen creek behind an apartment complex in Akron.

Summit County divers searched Thursday night for Nicholas Shaffer. Witnesses said he was swept away in Mud Brook, which is usually a small creek but was turned into a rushing waterway by the rain.

Police said the boy was sitting on a retaining wall with his mother when he jumped in. Witnesses said they saw the boy's head bob in the water and heard his sister screaming that he needed help.

Three people jumped in the creek to try to help but climbed out before the waterway merged with the Cuyahoga River. Authorities then took up the search.



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