August 12, 2011
Surf rescue swimmer Doug Knutzen carries 12 year-old Dale Ostrander to the shore of the Cranberry Road beach approach Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Long Beach, Wash. Rescue swimmers Eddie Mendez, left, and Will Green found Ostrander in the surf. The boy was under water for up to 20 minutes, and is now hospitalized and conscious.
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The 12-year-old boy who was rescued after spending 15 minutes or more in the cold Pacific likely survived because of his age, among other factors, experts say. So how did he survive?