10-year-old dies after falling into Bull Creek

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TARENTUM, Pa. - A 10-year-old boy has died after falling into Bull Creek in Tarentum.

The boy has been identified as Isiah Helenkamp.

Police, fire crews and emergency medical personnel were on the scene.

Tarentum police told Channel 11 that a couple of children were walking along the creek underneath an old stone bridge with railroad tracks before the boy went underwater.

Tarentum Police Sgt. Ryan Hanford was the first to arrive on the scene.

"I jumped in the river, swam up and was going down trying to search for him -- trying to locate him," Hanford said.

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Family members arrived on the scene and said the boy was not a strong swimmer.

Officials said the water was shallow in some places, but that it was about 12 feet deep where the boy fell in and got swept away.

His body was recovered less than 20 feet from where he fell in.

Officials said the boy drowned. His death was ruled an accident.

No other injuries were reported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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