Ontario Provincial Police have recovered the body of an eight-year-old boy who went missing Saturday while swimming at Turkey Point near Simcoe.
His death was one of several tragedies on provincial waterways at the weekend.
Police confirmed the child’s body was recovered Sunday afternoon about 200 metres from the shoreline.
OPP said the child was swimming late Saturday afternoon in Lake Erie when he got off a floating raft and attempted to swim back to shore.
“Family members contacted police after they were unable to locate their son,” said Acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk in an update on Twitter.
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
The search was conducted by members of the Norfolk County OPP detachment, paramedics, firefighters, OPP Aviation Services and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.
The name of the child has not been released.
The incident in Lake Erie was one of several water tragedies that occurred on Saturday.
In Peterborough County, OPP said a man was pronounced dead in hospital after bystanders pulled him from a river where he had been swimming with a friend.
Grey Bruce OPP were called about a boat in distress near Tobermory where they located two deceased individuals. Their names have not been released.
As well, Bancroft OPP have been searching Papineau Lake for a 22-year-old Scarborough woman who was reported to have fallen off a floating device while in the water and did not make it back to shore.