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Boy missing in Skagit River

November 30, 2018

A Naval Air Station Whidbey Island search and rescue helicopter flies late Thursday afternoon over the Skagit River. Rescuers were searching for a 2-year-old boy who was last seen playing near the river at a residence off the south fork of the river near Conway.

A 2-year-old boy who was playing on an electric vehicle is missing after he may have driven the vehicle into the Skagit River.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 4 p.m. of a missing boy near the south fork of the river near Conway, Sgt. Chris Kading said.

When deputies arrived, they saw what appeared to be tracks from the electric vehicle heading straight into the river, Kading said.

The electric vehicle was pulled from the river about a mile from where the boy was last seen.

A search and rescue mission was quickly launched, Kading said, and the Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit, which was out training, was able to respond to the scene quickly and began searching for the boy.

A search and rescue helicopter and a dive team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island were called out to also search the area, he said.

Two Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies who were in the area also responded, as did a Swinomish Tribal Police Department officer with that department’s aerial unit.

After several hours, the boy still had not been found, but the search was continuing, said Sgt. Tobin Meyer.

“We’ll continue to search for as long as we safely can,” he said.

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