Five boys rescued from flooded Dallas creek

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by DAVID SCHECHTER and JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 11:05 PM

DALLAS -- Five boys had to be rescued from a flooded creek Thursday as heavy rains poured over South Dallas.

Police and Fire-Rescue teams were called to Woody Branch Creek in the 300 block of Glen Oaks Boulevard, south of Ledbetter Drive and west of Interstate 35 in Oak Cliff.

Jason Evans with Dallas Fire-Rescue says the boys were skipping school and playing in the creek when they were either swept away by high waters or playing in it -- not knowing how bad the conditions were.

When Dallas Fire-Rescue Station 54 came to the creek, the five children were huddled around each other. Within minutes, that had changed.

"We heard our chief on the radio say, 'They're going, they're going,'" said Jose DeLeon.

Firefighters used rescue boats, throw-bags and rope to save three children who were near each other.

Two of the children were swept away and firefighters say they were slightly submerged underwater for at least a minute. Station 54's firefighters said they didn't even have enough time to call in their swift-water team.

The other two boys were 20 feet down stream on opposite sides of the creek.

Rescuers managed to save all five boys in nearly two hours, Evans said.

Stephen Sanchez was the man who carried the last young man to be rescued. He said the boy was limp in his arms.

"Completely exhausted," Sanchez said. "He didn't have anything left in him."

The boys are said to be exhausted but in stable condition at Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

"It's a happy feeling knowing we helped -- the gratification of making a difference," Sanchez said.

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