Nov 042011

Authorities say two children were pulled out of a canal in Gilbert Saturday after their father reported them missing.

Gilbert Fire Department spokesman Mike Connor said one of the children was breathing when rescued but the other was not.

Connor said the two boys, ages 5 and 7, went for a bike ride and when they didn’t return for quite some time, their father went to look for them and called police for help around 5:30 p.m.

Their bicycles were found along a canal bank near Pecos and Recker roads and Gilbert firefighters were called to help with the search.

Connor said a person walking along the canal stopped to help and spotted the boys in the water.

Connor said the 5-year-old was breathing after he was pulled from the water, the 7-year-old was not.

Both were taken to Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa, the older boy by air.

Connor said it is unknown exactly how long the boys had been in the water.

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