Boy clinging to tree rescued in Bastrop

Rescue boat (Mark Batchelder/KXAN)

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A 12-year-old is safe after firefighters say he slipped into the Colorado River and clung to a tree for safety.

Firefighters were called to the portion of the river near Riverside Drive in Tahitian Village around 3:30 after the boy lost his footing and slipped into the river. He managed to grab hold of a tree about 50 feet away from the riverbank.

The Bastrop Fire Department put two rescue boats into the water and were able to reach the boy and bring him back to land.

The boy suffered a few minor scratches during the ordeal.

The Colorado River was about 3 feet below flood stage Thursday afternoon but flowing faster than usual.

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