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Child dies in River Thames fall 'Back from dead' baby critical
(about 5 hours later)
A toddler has died after falling into the River Thames, police have said. A baby who was pronounced dead after plunging into the River Thames is fighting for her life in hospital, after doctors found a faint heartbeat.
The child, believed to be around 18-months-old, died after falling in to the river at Ferry Lane, Goring, on the border of Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The baby girl, aged 10 months, fell into the river at Ferry Lane, in Goring, south Oxfordshire.
The youngster, whose gender is unknown, was flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital, but declared dead on arrival. Emergency teams were quickly on the scene but said they were unable to resuscitate the girl.
The mother's other child, who was also on the river bank, was taken to hospital along with the woman as a precautionary measure. However, a faint heartbeat was later found after she was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Officers were called at 0945 BST and remain at the scene, a police spokesman said. The initial report was that the child had died Sergeant Graham Pink Thames Valley Police
Sergeant Graham Pink, of Thames Valley Police, said: "The child was pronounced dead at the John Radcliffe Hospital - before a very faint heartbeat was discovered.
"The child remains in a critical condition.
"The initial report was that the child had died. We put a statement out saying the child was dead and we would not have done that unless we had been told she was dead."
The mother and another child, who were on the river bank, were also taken to the hospital, as a precautionary measure.
'Circumstances unclear'
Officers who were called to the scene at 0945 BST are still at the riverside.
The BBC understands that the child fell from a towpath and a boat was used in the rescue.
Sgt Pink confirmed a man in a boat was believed to have seen the baby in the water and jumped in to help.
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, who attended the scene, said they were made aware that one adult and two children had been pulled from the river by a passer-by.
She was unconscious and not breathing. We did not declare her dead Spokeswoman, South Central Ambulance Service
"The circumstances leading up to the incident are unclear," said a spokesman.
A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "We were called to a report of a possible drowning, with a female and a child in the water.
"When we arrived, the toddler was out of the water. She was unconscious and not breathing. We did not declare her dead."
A John Radcliffe Hospital spokeswoman declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "A faint heartbeat was discovered as doctors tried to resuscitate her. She is now in a critical condition."