Wash. boy pulled from ocean released from hospital

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 9:37 PM
Wash. boy pulled from ocean released from hospital

A Washington state boy who survived after being pulled seemingly lifeless from the Pacific Ocean has been released from a Portland hospital.

Oregon Health and Science University spokeswoman Elisa Williams says 12-year-old Dale Ostrander (OH'-stran-der) of Spanaway, Wash., was discharged on Wednesday. Denise Minge, the daughter-in-law of the family's pastor, says Ostrander has been transferred to a hospital closer to home.

On a blog set up to chronicle his recovery, friends and family report that he is eating some foods, doing puzzles and saying simple phrases.

The boy was visiting a beach with a church group when a rip current sucked him out to sea earlier this month. He was under water for at least 15 minutes but stunned doctors and his family when he later awoke and spoke.