WHITECOURT, Alta. — A seven-year-old boy has died after emergency teams were called to a recreation area on a river northwest of Edmonton.
RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren says officers were dispatched to a report of a drowning on the McLeod River late Thursday afternoon.
EMS and the Whitecourt Fire Department were also at the scene with the boy, who was in medical distress.
Whitecourt fire chief Brian Wynn says family members were already performing CPR on the boy when they arrived.
Warren says STARS Air Ambulance was dispatched, but the boy died just before he was transported to hospital.
RCMP are not releasing the boy's name.
"It's a horrible tragedy and we have nothing to indicate that it's anything but that," Warren said Friday. "The RCMP would like to express their condolences to the family during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with the family and the community at this time of need."
Wynn said the river is popular with people who float on tubes or swim downstream with the current, which was what the group on Thursday were doing.
He said the fire department arrived at the same time as RCMP, where they found the family trying to revive the boy.
"So they did everything they could, and we did everything we could," Wynn said.