Danville rescuers urge water safety after 11-year-old child dies

Danville, Virginia. – Rescuers are urging you to wear a life jacket when on the water after retrieving an 11-year-old boy from the Dan River.

“Our hearts and condolences go out to the family,” said Bryan Fox of 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, boats in the water support team,” Fox said.

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

“One of the boats was using a bottom sounding device and they actually found it, it was no more than 10 feet from shore,” Fox said.

Fox said water levels were not high, around 5ft yesterday, which made it easier to find the child’s body.

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Doctors pronounced him dead at Sovah Hospital in Danville.

Emergency crews want you to be aware of the water and to wear a life jacket.

“Just be aware and careful and keep your head in the game at all times, be on the water and a thunderstorm appears and all of a sudden the water gets choppy or whatever, but be aware of all the weather conditions, peripheral personal flotation is probably the most critical,” Fox said.

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