DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday afternoon, first responders from across Danville teamed up to search the Dan River for an 11-year-old boy, but that boy ended up dying after crews pulled him from the water.

The Danville Fire Department says units were dispatched for a water rescue at 1131 N Riverwalk Trail shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. When the first unit arrived at the scene, personnel reported that the boy was last seen behind Woodall Chevrolet.

Fire officials tell WFXR News that two boats searched around the area where the boy was last spotted, with the first boat hitting the water within 10 minutes of receiving the call.

According to the Danville Fire Department, the following agencies assisted with the operation:

  • The Danville Police Department, who sent out “spotters”
  • The Caswell Fire Department and the Halifax Fire Department, who deployed units downstream and helped search the river
  • The Danville Life Saving Crew, who brought in a drone, a dive team, “spotters,” and medical personnel
  • The Department of Inland Game and Fisheries

Officials say members of the Danville Fire Department pulled the boy out of the river, brought him to the shore, and started performing CPR. The boy was then handed over to the Danville Life Saving Crew, who continued CPR as they brought him to the hospital.

However, the boy — whose identity has not been released by authorities — was pronounced dead at the SOVAH emergency room.