Toddler dies after falling off a pontoon into river

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.(WANE) A three-year-old died Saturday afternoon after he was pulled from the St. Joseph River at Baugo Bay. Rescuers searched for nearly an hour looking for the boy who fell off a pontoon and went missing.

According to a report from the DNR, family and friends were swimming from a pontoon boat when Bryson Washington, 3, of Mishawaka went into the water. He was wearing a life jacket while swimming, but he took it off after he got back into the boat.

People said they heard a splash form the back of the boat and could not find the boy.

Emergency units arrived around 4 p.m. and began searching the water. The DNR said he was found in 20 feet of water 50 minutes later.

Bryson passed away at a hospital in that area a few hours later.

A GoFundMe page is now up and running for his family.

Indiana Conservation Officers are still investigating.

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