Danville emergency workers urge water safety after 11-year-old passes away

The boy was pulled from the Dan River on Tuesday afternoon, police said

The Danville Life Saving Crew is urging you to wear a life vest while you're out on the water

Danville, Va. – Emergency workers are urging you to wear a life vest when on the water after they recovered an 11-year-old boy from the Dan River.

“Our hearts and condolences go out to the family,” said Bryan Fox with the Danville Life Saving Crew.

It’s quiet along the river trail in Danville now, but on Tuesday it was active with multiple agencies.

“Drone operations in the air looking, boats in the water support team,” Fox said.

Fox was in charge of search and rescue operations after emergency calls came in Tuesday afternoon around 4 about a possible drowning on the river trail behind the Chevrolet dealership.

“One of the boats was using a device to probe the bottom with and they actually found him, he was no more than 10 feet off the shore,” Fox said.

Fox said the water levels weren’t high, about 5 feet yesterday, which made it easy to find the child’s body.

Doctors pronounced him dead at Sovah Hospital in Danville.

Emergency crews want you to be cognizant around water and wear a life jacket.

“Just be conscious and cautious and keep your head in the game at all times you could, be out on the water and thunderstorm pop up and all of sudden the water gets choppy or whatever jut be aware of all the weather conditions, the personal flotation device is probably the most critical,” said Fox.


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