Six-year-old rescued from Choctawhatchee Bay after a near drowning

A Crestview child was rescued from the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay after a near drowning.

OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A six-year-old child from Crestview was rescued after a near drowning at Marler Park on Okaloosa Island.

Authorities say, Krystien Joseph was playing with a group of children about 60 feet from shore in the waters of Choctawhatchee Bay when he went under. An adult spotted Joseph unconscious in the water just before 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The boy was brought to shore and then transported by medical helicopter to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola. The child is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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