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Layton toddler presumed drowned in the Weber River

Published April 29, 2012 5:43 pm

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Searchers on Sunday planned to resume looking for a 3-year-old boy who fell into the Weber River on Saturday and is presumed to have drowned.

Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said the boy was with his family near the river at 300 W. Exchange Road taking family portraits. He fell in at about 5:45 p.m.

"They were close to the river, and [the family] saw him fall in," Lowther said. "They just couldn't get to him in time."

Lowther said four swift-water rescue crews, a dive team, fire crews from Ogden, Weber County and Riverdale, and a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter searched for the child until sunset Saturday and will resume the search Sunday.

He said Saturday night the boy is presumed to have drowned. "Unfortunately, there's not much other we can assume," he said. "We have no indication that he made it out anywhere."

Lowther said an Ogden police officer and fire truck arrived quickly at the scene after the family called for help, but the river was swift and cold and the officer himself needed assistance to exit the water.

Authorities did not immediately release the boy's name, but said his family lives in Layton.


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