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9-year-old boy presumed dead after falling into Lake Erie

Monday, February 17th 2020, 1:21 pm - Recovery efforts are underway to search for a nine-year-old boy that fell through the ice on Lake Erie.

Search efforts for a 9-year-old boy that went missing in Lake Erie resumed on Monday after a delay caused by poor weather conditions. The boy went missing at Peacock Point, which is approximately 60 kilometres south of Hamilton, Ont., on Saturday evening.

Police say that the boy is presumed to have drowned and Const. Mary Boddy of the Haldimand County OPP told CBC News that "with these cold temperatures and the water, it's now a recovery."

The OPP has confirmed that three children were playing on a piece of ice at the shore of Lake Erie around 4:30 p.m. when a wave swept two nine-year-old boys into the water. A 10-year-old girl that was with the boys ran to a bystander and her grandfather, who were able to rescue one of the boys.

Search efforts included a helicopter, an underwater search and rescue unit, and assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. The OPP’s Underwater Search and Rescue Unit were not able to go into the water due to the deteriorating conditions, strong winds, high waves and ice buildup in the area.

Weather Network meteorologist Jessie Uppal says that a band of snow tracked through this area on Saturday evening. Temperatures were below 0°C and the average surface temperature of this part of Lake Erie is currently 1.44°C.

The OPP urges everyone to stay away from the lake and off any ice because of the temperature fluctuations.

With files from Jeremy Cohn.

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