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

An OPP helicopter could be seen searching above the waters near Peacock Point on Sunday. Joseph Burd / Global News

Ontario Provincial Police say a 9-year-old boy remains missing after he was swept into Lake Erie Saturday evening.

Haldimand OPP said the boy was among three children who were standing on an ice edge at Peacock Point, about 60 kilometers south of Hamilton, when a wave swept two of them into the water around 4:30 p.m.

An eight-year-old boy was rescued, but the nine-year-old did not resurface, emergency crews said.

A 10-year-old girl who was with the boys ran to a nearby roadway and was able to flag down a man and a woman who rescued the eight-year-old.

Police said the search for the missing boy is now a recovery mission.

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OPP and the U.S. Coast Guard searched the area Saturday evening, but OPP said their Underwater Search and Rescue Unit was not able to go into the water due to deteriorating conditions.

Police said the underwater search unit returned to the scene Sunday morning and while poor conditions still prevented them from going in the water, officers resumed their above-water search.

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