A North Vancouver family is “devastated” after a six-year-old boy died after he fell into Lynn Creek, RCMP said Monday.
The boy, who would have turned seven next month, was with his stepmother and was playing on the rocks when he slipped into the swiftly moving water before 2 p.m. on Sunday, said RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Marlene Morton.
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Rescuers, including members of North Shore Rescue and the RCMP, spotted the child about an hour later from a helicopter. He was about 400 metres downstream from where he had fallen in.
By the time they reached him, the boy was in full cardiac arrest and was airlifted to B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
“We’d like to encourage people to stay away from the water’s edge,” said Morton. “The rocks are slippery and now with the winter melt off the water rushes really strongly.”