Body of missing boy drowned near Rockport found

Click to play video: 'Day 4, the search for 11 year boy that’s missing in St. Lawrence River continues'
Day 4, the search for 11 year boy that’s missing in St. Lawrence River continues
Archive footage from Sept. 4: The search continues for a boy who drowned when a boat capsized on the St. Lawrence Rive near Rockport, Ont – Sep 4, 2018

The body of the 11-year-old Ottawa boy who drowned near Rockport, Ont., has been found, say OPP.

A Facebook page dedicated to finding the drowned boy published a post confirming that the body was found. Although it does not specify when the body was recovered, the post was published Friday around noon and says after “48 agonizing days” of searching, the boy’s body was found.

Just hours after that post was published on Friday, OPP confirmed they found a body they believe to be the boy who drowned Sept. 1.

Members of Leeds County OPP, the OPP marine unit and forensic identification services unit along with crews from Leeds and Thousand Islands Fire Service and Canada Border Services all assisted in pulling the body from the water.

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On Sept. 1, around 4 p.m. the 11-year-old boy and four adults were on a 26-foot speedboat on the St. Lawrence River near the Ed Huck Marine, when the boat was capsized by a large wave.

The four adults survived, although two were taken to a hospital in Kingston with minor injuries.

The boat was recovered but the boy never surfaced. The cause of the incident is still unknown, although OPP say alcohol was not a factor.

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