The body of an eight-year-old boy who went missing on Lake Erie Saturday afternoon has been recovered.
OPP West Region Acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk announced on Twitter that the boy had been found deceased at about 2:45 p.m. by members of the OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.
“It is with a heavy heart that I provide this update,” Sanchuk said.
The boy was found about 200 yards (182 metres) off the shore of Cedar Drive.
The identify of the boy has not been released pending notification of next-of-kin and the OPP would not be answering media inquiries to give the family some time to grieve, he added.
Sanchuk thanked all of the first-responders and rescue teams that searched for the missing boy. He also thanked the residents of Turkey Point who provided comfort and assistance to the grieving family.
Norfolk OPP, Norfolk Fire, OPP Aviation Services, OPP Marine Unit and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton were involved in the search. Norfolk paramedics also responded to the scene.
OPP were notified that the boy had gone missing at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, police learned the boy had left a floating device that he was on just off Cedar Drive and attempted to swim to shore.
Family members contacted police when they were unable to find their son, Sanchuk said.
Rescue efforts began Saturday evening and continued overnight into Sunday when the OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit arrived.
A Brantford man, who saw the search efforts, called it a massive operation.
“There were a lot of boats in the water, a couple of helicopters and they also used a drone,” Justin Simon said. “There were flares over the lake all night as they continued to search.
“It has been pretty incredible.”
Simon and his girlfriend Kerry Gordon of Waterloo were on the water just off of Pottahawk Island on Saturday afternoon when they heard a message about someone missing.
“It’s a eerie feeling,” Simon said. “Everyone down here loves the water and loves being on it but when something like this happens it reminds you of the dangers.”
Simon and Gordon were at the Turkey Point marina on Sunday morning when the OPP’s underwater search and recovery unit arrived.
UPDATE – It’s with a very heavy heart that I provide this update. 8 year old #missing boy located deceased in #LakeErie. Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this tragedy. @NorfolkCountyCA #NorfolkOPP ^es pic.twitter.com/l8sh9Tw9WP — OPP West Region (@OPP_WR) June 6, 2021