UPDATE: Body has been recovered from West Fargo pond
UPDATE: Officials have confirmed the body of a child has been recovered from a retention pond in West Fargo
Around 4:00pm Friday afternoon, a 911 call was made reported a boy that was having trouble in the water.
West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller says that when crews arrived on scene the child was submerged in the water and rescue efforts began.
A little over 3 hours later, crews recovered the body of a child from the pond.
West Fargo Police Chief Heith Janke says they believe this to be an accidental drowning.
Officials also say the retenion pond is about 12 feet deep in the middle.
Fuller also mentioned that the depth of the pond made rescues and recovery efforts difficult.
The child's name has not been released. The body has been sent to a medical examiners officer for an autopsy.
Below is a press release from the city of West Fargo regarding the incident.:
"At 3:51 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, a call was received by Red River Regional Dispatch reporting a drowning in a retention pond in the 2900 block of Fifth Street W. West Fargo Fire Department immediately responded with a rescue truck and engine. Firefighters entered the water immediately while bystanders pointed to where the child was seen last and attempted a rescue. The West Fargo Police Department was also immediately on scene and called for Valley Water Rescue, who arrived at approximately 4:30 p.m.
As more units arrived, the fire department put four rescue swimmers in the water but were unable to find the victim. At 5 p.m. the incident transitioned from rescue to recovery mode and Valley Water Rescue entered the pond with divers. The divers utilized a sonar water drone to search and finally locate the victim. When the victim was located at 6:58 p.m. A diver entered the water to retrieve the body.
At 7:07 p.m. the body was removed from the water and transported off scene by F-M Ambulance.
Cass County Sheriff’s Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, City of West Fargo Public Works and the Salvation Army were also on scene to provide assistance.
The incident is an ongoing investigation. Details regarding the victim will not be released."
ORIGINAL STORY: Rescue crews are at a West Fargo address after a caller indicated that a boy appeared to be in trouble and may be drowning. Rescuers confirm to our crews on scene that they are looking for someone in the water
The call came in around 3:50. Water rescue is said to be there and are looking for the boy in a pond. Stay with Valley News Live for more information.