River search for missing boy still active; O.P.P. divers end their work

(Newswatch Group/File)

ROCKPORT – The O.P.P. Underwater Search and Recovery Unit has ended its search for an 11-year-old boy, presumed drowned in the St. Lawrence River over the Labour Day weekend.

Leeds County O.P.P. say scuba divers finished up yesterday (Sept. 6) after “conducting numerous dives” but will be available “pending any new information.”

That doesn’t mean other agencies have given up in trying to find the child who was vacationing with family when their boat capsized on the St. Lawrence River in what has been described by witnesses as a freak accident.

The family is from Ottawa.

Four people were rescued Sept. 1 but the 11-year-old failed to resurface after going in the water, the O.P.P. said.

“The search remains active with O.P.P. marine units, O.P.P. aviation assets and other participating agencies conducting search grids and patrols,” the O.P.P. said Friday.

Numerous Canadian and American agencies have been involved in the nearly week-long search and Ed Huck Marine has “supported efforts immensely” with housing, staging and boat launch availability.

With weekend events about to take place on the St. Lawrence River, police are asking people on the water to keep an eye out.

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