North Peace Tribal Police Services and Fort Vermilion RCMP have now found the bodies of three teenage boys who went missing on the Peace River near Fox Lake last week.
RCMP say the boys, aged 14, 15 and 16, went missing around Friday night at 8 p.m.
The initial investigation indicates the three youths were out for a family swim and were near the edge of the shallow water when a strong current swept them into the river. Bystanders tried to rescue the youths but failed to recover them.
RCMP in Fort Vermilion, search and rescue teams and other partners have been searching the river since Saturday morning. The body of the 14-year-old boy was recovered at 6 p.m. near the location he had gone under.
The two remaining teens were found on Monday. Police say none of the boys were wearing life jackets.
“The eddy current is a strong underlying current usually near the surface of the water that draws from the surface and goes down into the water," Staff Sgt. Mike Kisters from the the Fort Vermilion RCMP.
"It's usually quite strong and it can be quite localized."
Police say alcohol was not a factor in the incident.
The recovery effort is continuing with shoreline, water and air patrols.