Search to resume Monday for boy, 9, at Peacock Point

A helicopter assists with search and recovery efforts Sunday at Peacock Point, east of Nanticoke on Lake Erie. OPP PHOTO

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The search for a nine-year-old boy who fell into the icy waters of Lake Erie at Peacock Point will resume on Monday.

Haldimand County OPP said they responded along with fire and paramedics at 4:35 p.m. Saturday to a report that two children had fallen into Lake Erie.

Police say two boys, ages 8 and 9 were swept into the water by a wave while walking on the edge of ice.

A ten-year-old girl who was with the boys ran for help, and managed to flag down a vehicle. A man and woman went out onto the ice and were able to pull the eight-year-old boy from the water, however the other boy did not resurface.

A United States Coast Guard helicopter flew to the scene to assist OPP, and the Joint Rescue and Co-ordination Centre with the search. Members of the OPP emergency response team combed the shoreline as well.

While divers from the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit did attend, deteriorating and dangerous conditions due to ice build-up prevented them from going into the water.

Search efforts were called off late Saturday, and resumed Sunday morning in a recovery mode, however conditions were still deemed to be too dangerous for efforts to enter the water.

An OPP helicopter was also utilized on Sunday to help with the search.

At 6:15 p.m. Sunday Ontario Provincial Police announced the suspension of search and recovery efforts that will resume on Monday morning.