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Pulled from river near Whitecourt, boy dies as air ambulance arrives

Pulled from river near Whitecourt, boy dies as air ambulance arrives
From CBC - August 11, 2017

A 7-year-old boy is dead despite frantic efforts to save his life after he was pulled from the waters of the McLeodRiver onThursday afternoon.

Emergency crews and the WhitecourtFire Department were called at 4:30 p.m. abouta possibledrowning near a recreation area on the river, RCMP said in a news release Friday.

Upon arrival, they found the boy in medical distress. STARS Air Ambulance was called at about 5 p.m.

Paramedics rushed the boy to the airport to rendezvous with the air medevac crew. But by the time air ambulance arrived at 6 p.m., it was too late.

Despite attempts to revive the boy, he was pronounced dead by the STARS physician, police said.

"He did not make it that far," RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren said, his voice breaking with emotion."In their assessment, they realized unfortunately there was nothing more that could be done."

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