Nova Scotia

Boy, 14, presumed drowned in Ingonish, N.S.

The search for a 14-year-old boy in Ingonish, Cape Breton, has become a recovery mission.

Boy last seen in water after wooden boat overturned early Saturday morning

The waters of Ingonish harbour are calm today after Saturday's frantic search for a missing 14-year-old boy, now presumed drowned. (George Mortimer/CBC)

The search for a 14-year-old boy in Ingonish, Cape Breton, has become a recovery mission.

The teen and four others between the ages of 14 and 18 were in a small wooden boat 300 metres from shore in Ingonish harbour early Saturday morning when it began taking on water.

The boat overturned and four of the group were able to make it safely to shore.

The fifth, a 14-year-old boy, did not make it to shore. His friends last saw him in the water.

Search crews, nearly a dozen civilian boats, a Cormorant helicopter, and divers were brought in but there was no sign of the boy.

The boat has not been recovered.

Police called off the rescue Saturday evening and said the file has become a missing persons case.

Divers resumed their search today.

Ingonish RCMP Const. Brad Anderson said the recovery team plans on using side-scan sonar to help in the search.

"The divers are fairly confident that if they locate the boat, it’ll be a relatively short time after that, that they can recover the body," he said.

Long-time Ingonish resident James Powers was one of the first people at the wharf just after the search began.

"It’s the talk of the town of course, you know what I mean?  We’ve all got small kids … Your heart is broken. You think of the parents and the grandparents and everything like that," he said.