The effort to recover the body of a Peacock Point boy who was swept into Lake Erie Feb. 15 resumed this past weekend.
More than 50 volunteers were debriefed at the Peacock Point community hall on March 1 before fanning out along the north shore in an attempt to spot something in the water. Helping co-ordinate the search is William Bolton, an instructor with the Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue Division of Kitchener.
“Our concern today is safety,” Bolton told the volunteers. “We don’t want two or three more victims from all this, so you will be paired up. If we have 50 people signing in, we want 50 people signing out.
“If you’re within 50 feet of the shoreline, I want you to wear a life preserver. You can very easily slip into the lake.”
Alex Ottley, 9, a Grade 3 student at Jarvis Public School, was playing on the ice off Lakeside Drive with an eight-year-old friend when a wave pulled them into the water.