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Young boy in medically-induced coma after being pulled from Chippewa River

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LAKE HALLIE - A young boy was said to be put into a medically-induced coma, after he was rescued from a submerged van that was pushed from a boat-landing into the Chippewa River.

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WEAU TV of Eau Claire quoted Logan Buchli's relatives as saying he was in an induced coma yesterday at a hospital near the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.

The incident happened late Saturday at the Lake Hallie Sportsmen's Club. The TV station said an uncle pulled the child's young sister out the van, which was being used to reconnect a boat after a day of fishing. The girl was rescued before the boat submerged and was pushed about 75 feet into a strong current on the river.

Sportsmen's Club bartender Jesse Morley heard screams, called 911, then went outside to help. Branden Linhart of Chippewa Falls said he heard somebody yell that a man's son was trapped in the vehicle. He, Morley, and an unidentified third man swam out - one of them used a rock to break a rear window - and they then pulled Logan to the shore. Lake Hallie Police continue to investigate.

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