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Child electrocuted in Jordan River


IUPD was dispatched to Jordan River on Thursday afternoon near the Indiana Memorial Union in response to an unconscious male. Kevin Chrisco

A 9-year-old boy was electrocuted Thursday afternoon in the Jordan River just west of the Indiana Memorial Union.

IU Police Department was dispatched to the area and immediately began performing CPR on the unconscious boy until the emergency medical technicians arrived a few minutes later, IUPD Capt. Shannon Bunger said.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said the EMTs used a defibrillator on the child and were able to find a pulse at the site of the accident.

He was taken to the hospital around 2:45 p.m.

The electrical shock may have come from a conduit running underneath a bridge over the Jordan River, Carney said.

Carney said IU is investigating the cause of the electrical shock.

Carney said the water in the river is safe.

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