A six-year-old boy has died after being pulled from Taylor Creek in North Vancouver this afternoon.

North Vancouver RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Darrin Ramey says police received a frantic call from a mother who lives on Bowron Court, reporting that her boy had gone missing from where he was playing just before 2 p.m. PT Thursday. 

"Our members attended the scene and quickly learned where the child was playing and did a search of the area," said Ramey. A witness who was walking her dog located the child in the creek face down."

Bowron Court

The boy had wandered away from this apartment complex on Bowron Court in North Vancouver. He was found half an hour after disappearing, face down in a nearby creek. (CBC/Steve Lus)

Ramey says two police officers were right beside the woman and jumped into the stream in water up to their necks.

They pulled the boy out and began performing CPR.

The ambulance showed up one minute later but, Ramey says, it's impossible to say how long the boy was in the water.

The lad was immediately airlifted to Children's Hospital.

Ramey says the creek is about three metres wide and running fast with all the recent rainfall. The water had risen to the top of the creek's banks and was a metre and a half deep at the place where the boy was found.