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Toddler rides toy truck downstream in river

world Updated: Jul 15, 2009 21:35 IST

A toddler who rode his toy jeep into a western Canadian river and floated nearly 8 miles (13 kilometers) downstream on his own, told his grandmother after he was rescued that he wants to go back on his "boat."

Demetrius Jones turned three on Wednesday, unfazed by the danger he faced when he took his battery-operated truck into British Columbia's Peace River, where he got swept up by a current. The boy was staying at his grandmother's holiday trailer in Peace Island Park in Taylor, British Columbia, while his parents were in a nearby tent.

His grandmother, Anita Neudorf, said she didn't hear a sound when the boy left the trailer by himself earlier this week. Police were called to help the family search for him, but Don Loewen, a nearby town resident who saw the boy in the river, helped in the rescue.

"He wasn't crying or whimpering or anything," Loewen said, adding that the toy car was floating in about 15 feet (4.5 meters) of water. The rescued boy was treated at a hospital for hypothermia and released.