Wash. boy pulled from ocean finally home

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PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) -- A 12-year-old Washington state boy pulled seemingly lifeless from the Pacific Ocean six weeks ago after being underwater for at least 15 minutes is well enough to go home.

Good Samaritan Hospital spokeswoman Marce Edwards said Dale Ostrander of Spanaway, Wash., was released Tuesday.

In late August, the boy was transferred from a Portland, Ore., hospital to the Pierce County facility closer to his home.

The boy was visiting a southwest Washington beach with a church group in early August when a rip current sucked him out to sea.

His mother, Kirsten Ostrander, tells KOMO-TV (http://bit.ly/r5B5DA that) "He is not 100 percent Dale" as he was before but she believes he will recover fully. KOMO reports that Dale is relearning how to walk and talk.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/