Boy, 10, drowns in lake in Elk Island National Park

A family day at the lake turned to tragedy Sunday when a 10-year-old boy drowned in Astotin Lake in Elk Island National Park northeast of Edmonton.

Child was found by family in Astotin Lake

A 10-year-old boy drowned Sunday in Astotin Lake, pictured here in a in Elk Island National Park. The lake is pictured here in a Tripadvisor stock photo. (Tripadvisor)

A family day at the lake turned to tragedy Sunday when a 10-year-old boy drowned in Astotin Lake in Elk Island National Park northeast of Edmonton.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police, park wardens, paramedics and STARS Air Ambulance were dispatched to the lake to investigate a report of a missing child, RCMP said in a news release issued late Sunday. 

The child was found in the lake by family members, RCMP said, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP victim services is assisting and offering support to the boy's family.

Police will not be releasing the boy's name.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased during this difficult time," RCMP said in a statement.

Cpl. Ron Bumbry said family members and others at the scene tried to revive the boy, but it's not known how long he was in the water. He did not say where the boy was from.

In a Facebook post, rental company Haskin Canoe described the incident as a "tragic ending" to the day. In a message to CBC News, the company said the incident happened at the public boat launch and not at Sandy Beach, where the rental facility is located. 

Astotin Lake, on the northern edge of the national park, is a popular swimming and recreation area with a beach, campground and playground facilities. 

The lake is about 60 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.