BOSTON - A 10-year-old Chicopee boy was recovered from the Chicopee River on Saturday with another 11-year-old boy still missing.
The two boys, reported to be cousins, went out to play on Saturday in the woods located near Oxford Court at 283 Fuller Road, per Boston.com. When they didn’t return home, their parents reported them missing. It is believed that they both went out on the Chicopee River to play on the ice.
Search and Rescue recovered one of the boys from Chicopee River. He was rushed to Baystate Medical Center before being transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“We are saddened to announce that the boy (who) was recovered yesterday has passed away,” Officer Michael Wilk shared.“Our deepest condolences, sympathies and prayers are with his family.”
Police have now turned their attention to locating the second boy. With the help of K9 teams and the Chicopee Fire Department, searchers scoured in and around the Chicopee River. The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing also took part in the search for the missing boy with a helicopter, per NBC Boston. Around 10 p.m. Saturday night, the search was called off due to safety reasons with authorities staying on the scene overnight. They resumed their search once again on Sunday.
MISSING BOYS: The search for the second missing boy near the Chicopee river has been suspended tonight.— Nick Aresco (@ArescoNick) December 29, 2019
WHAT WE KNOW:
-The first boy died today at a Boston hospital after being rescued yesterday.
-The two boys are related.
-The search will continue tomorrow.
Massachusetts State Police, the Environmental State Police, South Hadley public safety, and the Hampden Sheriff’s Department have also joined in the effort to locate the missing boy.
Authorities request that the public stay away from the search area around the Chicopee River so that crews can work to locate the missing boy without incident.
UPDATE: As of Monday, authorities still continue to look for the missing 11-year-old boy amid icy and snowy conditions.
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