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Wave sweeps 6-year-old boy away

April 9, 2008 at 1:59 AM

SINTON, Texas, April 9 (UPI) -- A 6-year-old boy drowned when a wave grabbed him as he walked with an older brother on a Texas beach.

John Michael Ortiz of Sinton and his family were picnicking Sunday at J.P. Luby Beach on Padre Island, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

Dolores Ortiz, the boy's aunt and adoptive mother, said his 9-year-old brother was so upset when he returned to the family that at first he could not speak. He eventually said a wave had knocked the two boys down and pulled John Michael away.

A man walking on the beach found John Michael unconscious. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital in Corpus Christi.

Police said the death is being treated as an accident.

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