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Five-year-old boy in "grave condition" after canoe accident in Mission Bay

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MISSION BAY (CBS 8) - A five-year-old boy is in grave condition after falling out of a canoe Saturday evening in Mission Bay. 

According to San Diego police, a 48-year-old man had taken his five-year-old son out in a canoe at around 5:30pm Saturday. Officers say they are investigating the accident for facts only - not for prosecution. Police tell News 8 when officers deliver their report to the District Attorney's Office they will recommend that no charges be filed against the boy's father. Investigators say the accident appears to be nothing more than a tragedy. 

"They were heading back toward the shore at about 7pm...when for whatever reason, the boat capsized," said Lt. Dave Rohowits.

Police say the father had difficulty finding his son in the darkened waters, but eventually was able to find him and brought him to shore at the South Shores boat launch ramp.

A good Samaritan trained in CPR, who happened to be biking nearby, heard the father's cries for help.

"I checked the boy's vital signs, and I couldn't get a pulse," said Janice Harmon, a Topanga resident, who said she administered CPR on the victim until medics arrived.

The boy was rushed to UCSD Medical Center in "grave condition," according to Rohowits.

Lifeguards on the scene recovered the canoe, oars and life jackets. An investigation will be conducted to determine if the life jacket was properly fastened and whether it was the appropriate size for a five-year-old.

Janice Harmon hopes this potential tragedy serves as a lesson.

"I think ever parent needs to learn first aid and CPR," she said. "I really do, because I think that could have saved that little boy."

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