OPP searching for 8-year-old boy after he went missing in Lake Erie from Turkey Point

The Ontario Provincial Police say they are searching the waters of Lake Erie from Turkey Point after an 8-year-old boy went missing Saturday afternoon.

Acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk posted a video update on Twitter that the boy went missing at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

“It was determined that an 8-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.

Sanchuk said family members contacted police when they were unable to locate their son.

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

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A large search is underway to find the missing boy. Sanchuk said the Norfolk County’s police department, marine unit, fire department, paramedics services along with OPP’s Aviation Services and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton.

On Sunday morning, Sanchuk provided another video update that the search is still underway.

“[We] are continuing the search for this missing 8-year-old child. We searched through the evening hours, and are continuing to search the entire morning hours right now and it is continuing today,” Sanchuk said.

The OPP underwater search and recovery unit has been contacted and are on route to assist with the investigation, Sanchuk said.

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