GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas -- Galveston County’s sheriff is praising one of his sergeants who rescued a 12-year-old autistic boy off the waters of Bolivar Peninsula early Wednesday morning.
Sheriff Henry Trochesset says Fidel Hernandez’s mother had last seen her son around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday inside their Port Bolivar home. When she went to her son’s room to check on him around 4:30 a.m., the sheriff says Hernandez was gone and the front door was open. That’s when she called deputies.
During the 7 a.m. hour, Sheriff Trochesset says searchers found the boy’s wet clothes and dry shoes by the Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department on Loop 108.
A short time later, Sheriff Trochesset says one of his sergeants spotted the boy about a mile away in the water near the Loop 108 bridge. The sergeant swam out, put a life jacket on him, and got a boat to come take him to shore.
“That’s up to him if you want to call him a hero,” Sheriff Trochesset said. “I think the family would probably say something similar. But glad we found the child, glad he’s safe, and I’m glad the deputy was able to do what he did to pull him out of the water.”
EMS checked out the boy, who was suffering from hypothermia, according to rescue crews, and took him to UTMB Hospital in Galveston. At last check, the sheriff says he was sleeping and doing well.
A UTMB spokesperson told KHOU that Hernandez’s family is asking for privacy.
Sheriff Trochesset says investigators do not suspect foul play. He tells KHOU that the sergeant who found the boy worked overtime through the night, was at the end of a 15-hour shift, and has spent Wednesday afternoon resting.
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