Search continues for missing boy who fell into St. Lawrence River
The St. Lawrence River. Photo: Courtney Crowder-Coast FM.
OPP officers continue the search for a missing 11-year-old boy who capsized on the St. Lawrence River. The incident occurred west of Rockport on Saturday.
Members of the Leeds County OPP responded to a report of a possible drowning after five people were thrown into the water when their boat capsized. Four people were rescued but the boy failed to resurface. The Ottawa boy and his family were vacationing in the area.
The OPP called in specialized units, including the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU), Snowmobile/All Terrain/Vessel Enforcement (SAVE), Aviation Services, Marine Program and the Emergency Response Team (ERT). The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), Parks Canada, Thousand Islands Fire Service, US Border Patrol, Canadian and US Coast Guard are also assisting with the search.
Ed Huck Marine has helped out with accommodation, staging and launch availability. Members of the community also stepped forward to assist with the search.
The Underwater Search and Recovery Unit wrapped up dives yesterday. OPP Marine Units, OPP Aviation assets and other participating agencies continue the search.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.