'Miracle survivor' boy leaves hospital for home

'Miracle survivor' boy leaves hospital for home

Credit: Damian Mulinix

Photojournalist Damian Mulinix took pictures of a boy being rescued on the Long Beach Peninsula.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 20 at 4:57 PM

SPANAWAY, Wash. -- A Spanaway boy who nearly drowned on the Washington coast last month is finally going home.

Back in August, Dale Ostrander played in the water at Long Beach Peninsula alongside friends from his church group. He was suddenly caught by a riptide and swept under for as long as 25 minutes.

Rescuers searched the water for Dale, and finally found his seemingly lifeless body, carrying him back to shore in an unforgettable image captured by photographer Damien Mulinix.

But paramedics got him breathing again, and Dale was flown to Oregon Health and Science University hospital.

Over the next several weeks, Dale struggled to recover. However, doctors said Tuesday he is well enough to leave Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup and go home.

Keep up with Dale's progress at a blog created by his family and friends, "Prayers for Dale."

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