A Pittsburg man who was pulled from the Russian River Sunday has been released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

A 14-year-old boy pulled the swimmer, identified as 23-year-old Christopher Tyrone Kerr, out of the water in the Summer Home Park community around 3 p.m., Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Ed Hoener said.

"He probably saved his life," Hoener said.

The popular beach is downstream from Sunset Beach in Forestville, Hoener said.

A Sonoma County Sheriff's Office helicopter happened to be patrolling the area when the near-drowning occurred, Hoener said. The helicopter with a paramedic on board landed on the beach.

"It was obvious he needed to be transported right away," Hoener said.

Kerr was flown to the hospital and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.



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