After a 48-day search, divers have recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy near where he went missing in Rockport.
Leeds County Ontario Provincial Police say the body, believed to be that of the Ottawa boy, was discovered Friday at around noon after a concerted search by OPP, the OPP Marine Unit, the police forensic identification services unit, the Leeds and Thousand Islands fire department, Canada Border Services and private divers
The coroner still must confirm the identity of the body found in the area where the 11-year-old boy went missing on Sept. 1 when the family’s speedboat capsized.
In a post on a Facebook page dedicated to the search, the boy’s family thanked the searchers and hundreds of well-wishers:
“After 48 agonizing days, we are relieved to report that Joshua has been found. Our most heartfelt thanks to the many divers for their dogged persistence, spending countless hours on the search and recovery.
“Thank you to Crossmon Consulting for their assistance and determination. An enormous thank you to the community of Rockport who have continually supported us through this.
“Thanks to all on this site for your prayers and kind words. Our Joshua is coming home.”
The boy was one of five people on the boat that capsized in the St. Lawrence River at about 4 p.m. on the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend, throwing everybody into the water.
Four people were rescued but the boy failed to resurface and could not be found. The boy and his family had been vacationing in the area from Ottawa.
The five people included the missing boy, his 15-year-old brother and his father, an eight-year-old girl and another teenage boy, witnesses said.
The father and his elder son were treated for minor injuries at a Kingston hospital, police said.