Deputies Rescue Missing 5-Year-Old With Autism From Florida Swamp: Watch

A police officer smiles as he lifts a missing girl from a swamp. She is also smiling.

Children are known to harmlessly wander off every once in a while, but sometimes, the results can be nearly fatal. When a Florida family saw that their 5-year old was missing, they first checked with their neighbors. Unfortunately, they hadn’t seen her anytime recently. The autistic girl would go on to get rescued in a swamp, but not before first responders combed through the area.

The Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office (HCSO) and their Aviation Unit were among the rescue team. Together, they searched on the ground and in the air for this sweet kid who was likely very scared. Then, in under an hour, their thermal camera caught the girl as she made her way in a swampy area. The HCSO has released footage of the rescue, with her parents’ permission.

“In situations like this, every second counts, and it’s always rewarding to see this quick response for our deputies and to see such a positive outcome,” says Sheriff Chad Chronister.

By the time help arrives, the 5-year-old is making her way toward a body of water. As soon as she’s spotted, first responders cheerily greet her then persuade her to join them. One of the cops carries her so she doesn’t have to keep walking in the gross water.

Florida Officers Praised After Missing Girl is Rescued From Swamp

“Let’s get you out of the water, okay?” one of the officers says, later adding, “You were walking quite a bit, sweetheart.”

A Florida officer bends down to pick up a little girl from a swamp.

Needless to say, everyone involved couldn’t be more grateful for how this rescue mission turned out, especially this sweet girl’s family.

“Their quick action saved the day, turning potential tragedy into a hopeful reunion,” Chad says. “Their dedication shows what service and protection are all about here at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.”

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