NEW HAMBURG, Ont. — A sombre search for the body of a missing five-year-old boy continued Friday in the icy waters of the Nith River in this southern Ontario town.
Sgt. Dave Reibel of Waterloo Regional Police confirmed the search is now a recovery effort, not a rescue.
Police were alerted the boy had gone missing late Thursday afternoon.
A search soon confirmed the worst.
“There was some evidence down there that someone had gone down to the river and fallen through the ice,” Reibel said.
The search Thursday continued until about 9:30 p.m., at which time police contacted medical officials to determine if there was any chance of finding the boy alive.
When told there was no hope, authorities called off the search.
“It was just becoming too dangerous for our people that were there, because of the debris, the ice, the fast-flowing water,” Reibel said.
They launched a recovery effort Friday morning around 9:30 a.m.
Reibel said the Ontario Provincial Police dive team was expected to arrive Friday evening.
“First thing (Saturday) they’ll be coming to look at the site and doing a dive, if we haven’t located the boy by then,” he said.
Many local residents have offered to help with the search, but police want the public to stay away from the scene because conditions are dangerous.
Police haven’t released the child’s name at the request of the family.