TRENTON, Mich. (WJBK) - A drowning in the Detroit River as the water takes the life of an 11-year-old boy.
FOX 2 is learning the boy was at an apartment there visiting family when he somehow ended up in the water. First responders found his body about 40 feet away from where he was last seen.
"Seeing kids leave this earth before they even get a chance to really live, that's a sad feeling," said Reginald Freeman. "A sad feeling."
Trenton police responded to the 2400 block of Riverside drive just before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and immediately launched a search effort for the boy.
Freeman was fishing at the nearby Rotary Park.
"Trenton police came over from this side and was like, 'Hey can you guys leave the park? Because we're looking for a kid.' I said well did you find him yet. They said no.
"Boats came up the river and a little while later the Coast Guard helicopter also came down," said Jim Barfuss. "When the boats came up the river there was someone on the bow of each of them."
The Wayne County Sheriff's Marine Division, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol and Downriver Dive Team assisted Trenton police in the search.
Local boater Greg Olson says the current was moving anywhere between seven to 10 miles an hour.
"If you are swimming upstream, you are not going to go upstream, you are going downstream," said Olson. "That's the thing, it is a fast current."
The Downriver Dive Team found the boy unresponsive about an hour after the search began. Paramedics rushed him to Beaumont Trenton hospital. Attempts to revive the boy failed.
"I feel bad for the family," Barfuss said. "I know it was a tough situation."