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The body of the child who disappeared in the Saint-Maurice River has been found

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The child missing since Sunday evening was found in the Saint-Maurice River.


The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) found on Monday the body of the 5-year-old boy who fell the day before in the Saint-Maurice River, in the height of Grandes-Piles, in Mauricie.

The body was found very close to where the child had fallen.

Emergency services were notified on Sunday evening, at 6 p.m., that the boy was missing.

He was playing with his brother in a wooded area located in a steep area ending in a cliff abruptly on the banks of the river, when he lost his footing. According to the police, he fell approximately five meters.

The family was visiting friends. The children therefore did not know the lay of the land.

At the time of the events, the victim's brother immediately rushed to his parents to say that his little brother had fallen into the water.

An emergency services command post was set up Monday morning on rue Zéphirin-Doucet.

Several equipment was used by divers, including personal watercraft and boats, as explained by SQ spokesperson Éloïse Cossette. The current and eddies of the Saint-Maurice River gave the rescuers a hard time.

The Shawinigan and Mékinac fire departments have participated in searches and patrols, while SQ agents focused on the banks.

An SQ helicopter flew over the area on Sunday evening and residents had joined the search.

The community of Grandes-Piles is wholeheartedly with the family, underlined the mayor , Caroline Clément.

With information from Julie Grenon

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116