WATCH ABOVE: The body of a young boy was recovered from the LaHave River in Bridgewater, N.S. The 12-year-old went missing Sunday afternoon while swimming with friends. Global’s Natasha Pace has more on the latest drowning, in what has been a dangerous summer on Nova Scotia waters.
HALIFAX – The body of a 12-year-old Calgary boy who went missing while swimming in the LaHave River on Sunday was recovered Monday morning, according to Lunenburg County District RCMP.
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Divers from the Nova Scotia RCMP and New Brunswick RCMP Underwater Recovery Teams found the body around 8:30 a.m., close to where the boy was last seen.
The boy went swimming in the river around 12:45 p.m. Sunday with three friends. He was visiting family at the time, but his parents were not with him at the river. Police say he went under water and did not resurface.
“According to family, he’s not a strong swimmer,” said RCMP Lunenburg County Const. Angela MacEachern. “The other youth are used to swimming in the area, and unfortunately when they went out yesterday, the 12-year-old boy got into distress and he went under the water and never came back up.”
Lunenburg and Queens Ground Search and Rescue, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and numerous Fire and EHS personnel were involved in the search for the boy.
“It’s heartbreaking for everybody involved, especially family, but we can say positively about the community–the people who were here assisting–the large majority were volunteers working very hard to recover the boy for the family.”
The name of the boy has not been released.
No further follow up is taking place on behalf of RCMP.
With files from Global’s Erika Tucker