Former Franklin County deputy rescues boy from ocean in Oregon

Former Franklin County deputy rescues boy from ocean in Oregon
Deputy Terry Brown gives the thumbs up beside a Brookings teen he saved from drowning on Monday. Brown swam out to keep the teen's head above water. The deputy was in critical condition when rescuers pulled the two from the surf 45 minutes later. Both are expected to recover. (Photo courtesy Curry County Sheriff's Office)
BROOKINGS, Ore. -- A former Franklin County deputy is being credited with saving the life of a 14-year-old boy in southern Oregon.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office says Deputy Terry Brown swam into the ocean at Harris Beach to help the boy after he became stuck in a rip current.

Deputies say Brown hung on to the boy for about 45 minutes in the water to keep his head from going under.

By the time rescue crews arrived and were able to bring the two to shore, both were suffering from hypothermia. Brown was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while the boy arrived later in stable condition. Sheriff John Bishop says both are expected to make full recoveries.

Brown has been a Curry County deputy for about a year. He has been in law enforcement about ten years.