Boy in coma after van submerges in river

Van swept up by current while driver took boat from river

A toddler who was rescued by bystanders when a van rolled into the Chippewa River has been placed in a medically induced coma.

A WEAU-TV report said the van rolled into the water Saturday about 5 p.m. while the driver was trying to take a boat out from the river. The current was strong enough to sweep up the van.

Three bystanders plunged into the water. One used a rock to shatter the rear window and pull Logan Buchli out. One of the bystanders performed CPR until police arrived.

Family members said Logan was in an induced coma Sunday at a Rochester, Minn., hospital.

Logan’s uncle had been able to pull Logan’s sister from the van but by the time he went back for Logan the van was already submerged.

The man who rescued the toddler says he’s looking forward to meeting the child and shaking his hand.

Jesse Morley was working at the Lake Hallie Sportsman’s Club Saturday when he saw the van. Morley kicked off his shoes, pulled off his shirt and jumped into the water. He said he and other bystanders used a rock to smash the back window. He dove into the van, located Logan and brought him to shore.