Jul 9, 2014 5:50 PM
The community of Gridley is upset, dealing with the tragic and unexpected loss of a 12-year-old boy.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office has identified the boy who drowned Tuesday afternoon in an irrigation canal as Nathanael Long.
According to a witness, Long became lodged in a pipe underwater while swimming in the canal. It took rescuers nearly an hour and a half to pull him from the pipe. He was declared deceased at the hospital.
Christian Life Assembly of God Pastor Dwight Deaton was just a few hundred yards away when Long became lodged, and ran to the scene to help. He says of rescuers, "They tried everything in the world, they was working frantically, trying everything they could, everything in the world, every equipment they had, he was really lodged in there."
Long's family has set up a GoFundMe account, just click this link to help