State Trooper and Child Rescued from Kenai River by Nearby Dipnetter

    Antoine Aridou and Alaska Wildlife Trooper Laura Reid. (Photo Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An Alaska Wildlife Trooper was patrolling the North Beach in Kenai Thursday evening when she noticed a child being swept down the Kenai River.

      Alaska Wildlife Trooper Laura Reid was patrolling the North Beach Kenai River Dipnet Fishery Thursday at around 11 p.m. She was making contact with dipnetters warning them of the imminent closure for the evening.

      Reid noticed during contact that a twelve year old child was being swept down the Kenai River and towards open ocean. She ran into the Kenai River to save the child who was barely above the water.

      According to the Trooper dispatch, once Reid made it to the child she began to float down the river as well.

      A nearby dipnetter, Antoine Aridou, took notice of the situation and used his dipnet to assist the child and Trooper to safety. The child was evaluated by medics and later reunited with his parents.

      Alaska Wildlife Troopers thanked Aridou for his swift action and assistance.

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