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Rescue Crews Recall Search for 6-Year-Old Boy


Goodview, VA - Crews were called to Smith Mountain Lake Sunday after a 6-year-old boy from Maryland drowned while visiting his grandparents.

When Bedford County investigators found the boy, he was not wearing a life jacket.

The report of the missing boy Sunday afternoon prompted an extensive search of a cove at 1123 Roanoke Drive. Patrol boats filled the water, bloodhounds searched nearby--and rescue crews hit the ground.

"They had the police and fire and searching the woods and area in the cove," said Deputy Chief Allan Bush with the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

The search lasted three hours before divers from the Scruggs Rescue and Dive team found the boy's lifeless body in 10 feet of water near the dock where he first went missing. Investigators say the boy was wearing goggles and no life jacket.

Rescue crews at the scene say then everything went quiet until they heard a mother's heartbreak.

"When you hear that parent's screams and agonizing over what they are going through, the parents, the grandparents. It's terrible," said Bush.

The parents of the 6-year-old told investigators no one saw the boy go into the water but said that earlier that day he was wearing a life jacket.

"It only takes a second for tragedy to happen. It's unfortunate for everybody," said Jeff Pauley, president of the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department.

This is the second young child to drown at Smith Mountain Lake this summer. In June it was a 12-year-old girl from North Carolina.

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