SAN LEANDRO -- A 7-year-old boy who might have drowned Sunday if not for a group of good Samaritans has made an "amazing recovery," hospital officials said.

The boy's condition was upgraded from critical to fair on Monday at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, said hospital spokeswoman Melinda Krigel.

He spent nearly one minute under water at the San Leandro Marina at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday and later went into cardiac arrest, authorities and hospital officials said.

Doctors are crediting the rescue efforts of the Alameda County Fire Department crews and a group of good Samaritans who scooped the boy out of the water near the Tot Town playground with saving the boy's life.

"He's made an amazing recovery," Krigel said. "The doctors are optimistic."

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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