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Nicholai Garett, 2-year-old toddler rescued after he fell into Caloosahatchee River, Florida


A two-year-old toddler, Nicholai Garrett was rescued by a group of brave men after the boy fell into Caloosahatchee River, Florida.

Nicholai Garrett dropped into the Caloosahatchee River after he tripped and fell while walking with his mother and grandmother on a pier.

Several witnesses in Centennial Park saw what happened, including Andy Fowler, 54, who jumped in to help the boy.

But as Andy Fowler tried to get the boy ashore, he became tired while fighting the river’s strong current.

That was the moment when Robert Moss jumped in.

A two-year-old toddler, Nicholai Garrett was rescued by a group of brave men after the boy fell into Caloosahatchee River, Florida

A two-year-old toddler, Nicholai Garrett was rescued by a group of brave men after the boy fell into Caloosahatchee River, Florida

Robert Moss, 43, told ABC affiliate WZVN: “I heard there was a baby in the water and instincts took in. I seen him go down once when I got out to him, he went down again.

“He kind of rolled his eyes and looked at me and said he didn’t think he was going to make it.”

Another man, Justin Bacon, also observed the struggle in the water and ran into the water to help.

Justin Bacon told WZVN: “When I saw the kid’s head go underwater, there was no thinking about it.”

Several witnesses in Centennial Park saw what happened, including Andy Fowler, 54, who jumped in to help the boy

Several witnesses in Centennial Park saw what happened, including Andy Fowler, 54, who jumped in to help the boy

 

Robert Moss was able to hang on to young Nicholai Garett and Andy Fowler, bringing them to shore where they were plucked out of the water by rescuers from the Fort Myers Fire Department.

The toddler was examined by paramedics at the scene and found to be in good condition, and returned to his mother.

Andy Fowler was hospitalized after swallowing water from the river, but is expected to fully recover.

Robert Moss, who sad the boy “wanted his mommy”, was grateful that the saga had a happy ending.

Robert Moss told WZVN: “I’m happy. My legs are sore and and I’m happy everybody’s OK.”