Nine News cameraman Glenn Edwards today swam across a fast-flowing creek to rescue a missing autistic boy in Melbourne’s north-west.
Edwards spotted 7 year old Ryan Pham, naked, on the edge of the Kororoit Creek. The boy had been visiting a family friend’s house in Albanvale about 7pm yesterday when storms struck the area.
The boy couldn’t swim and has difficulty communicating, but was in the water hanging onto reeds as the current dragged at him.
Earlier today reporter Rob Scott told 3AW, ‘‘He can’t swim and he was on the opposite side of this fast-flowing creek, Kororoit Creek. We tried our best to convince him not to swim across while I got on the phone to police and told them where we were.
‘‘He [Ryan] looked like he was about to swim across so my cameraman Glenn just jumped in the water and grabbed him and brought him across the other side and he’s sitting in the car with us now.’’
Police and the boy’s family were concerned for his welfare as he has autism and had difficulty communicating.