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Major search operation underway after boy disappears while swimming in Lake Erie

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TORONTO —
Ontario Provincial Police are continuing to search the waters of Lake Erie for an eight-year-old boy who went missing while swimming at Turkey Point.

In an update posted on Twitter, Acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk said emergency crews were first called to the scene on Cedar Drive at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“It was determined that an eight-year-old child was seen swimming in the waters of Lake Erie off of Cedar Drive when the child abandoned the floating raft that they were on and attempted to swim back to shore,” Sanchuk said.

“Family members contacted police after they were unable to locate their son.”

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Members of the OPP’s Norfolk detachment are on scene along with OPP Aviation Services, the Norfolk marine unit, paramedics, firefighters, and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

The missing child has been described as a male with long, dark shoulder-length hair who was wearing a blue shirt with a multi-coloured logo on the front and blue and white shorts.

“We searched through the evening hours and are continuing to search through the entire morning hours,” Sanchuk said in an update on Sunday morning.

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“The OPP underwater search and recovery unit have been contacted and are on route to assist with this investigation.”

Police are asking people to avoid the area while the search is underway.

“I’m a father myself and I can’t even imagine what this family is going through right now,” Sanchuk told CP24 on Sunday morning. 

“The family is doing the best they can right now… it is one of those things where we just want to bring some resolution to the family.” 

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