A missing four-year-old boy who fell into the Spirit River in northwestern Alberta has died after efforts to resuscitate him failed.
The child was located about one kilometre from where he fell into the fast-flowing river about eight kilometres southeast of the town of Spirit River, said RCMP.
The boy was found at 4:05 p.m. by a local resident walking near the river; at which time the boy was transported to a local area hospital.
Every effort was made to revive the child, but he was pronounced dead at about 5:15 p.m., said Cpl. Carol McKinley.
Earlier today, the boy had been playing with his six-year-old brother near the water at a relative's property around noon, she said.
The younger of the brothers slipped into the water and was not able to get back to shore.
The RCMP extend their appreciation to those who assisted today in the rescue effort.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and we are keeping the family and community in our prayers," said Sgt. Ryan Dlin.