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Nine-year-old boy missing in Winnipeg's Red River

Winnipeg police are searching the Red River near the Louise Bridge where a nine-year-old boy is missing after ending up in the water.

Police say Darius Bezecki went into the water just after 4:30 p.m. Friday, still hasn't been located

Police say nine-year-old Darius Bezecki was biking with three others near his home when they ended up in the Red River. Police don't know yet if the group was swimming or fell in. (Winnipeg Police Service)

Winnipeg police are searching the Red River near the Louise Bridge where a nine-year-old boy is missing after ending up in the water.

Police say their search for nine-year-old Darius Bezecki has shifted into a recovery phase.

"It's incredibly tragic. We're hoping for the best outcome," Const. Jay Murray said.

Paramedics and police responded to reports just after 4:30 p.m. Friday of someone in distress on the Red River near the bridge. 

Crews search for nine-year-old Darius Bezecki in the Red River near the Louise Bridge Friday night. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

Murray said Bezecki was biking with two siblings and a friend near his home when they ended up in the river. It's unclear at this point if they were swimming or had fallen in.

The other three boys were able to get out of the water, but the nine-year-old boy didn't, Murray said.

Water rescue crews and a drone with thermal imaging technology are being used to try to find the boy.

Police are advising people who live in close proximity to the Red River to keep an eye out for anything suspicious, in case the child was able to get out of the water.

Murray said at first, paramedics and police had four boats in the water and 12 police cruisers searching the banks of the river. 

The search of the river was stopped once the sun went down, and will resume in the morning, Murray said.

About the Author

Marina von Stackelberg is a CBC journalist based in Winnipeg. She previously worked for CBC in Halifax and Sudbury. Connect with her @CBCMarina or marina.von.stackelberg@cbc.ca

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