A boy drowned in an Antioch canal Saturday afternoon despite efforts to locate and rescue him, according to a Contra Costa County fire official.
The boy's body was located around 4:45 p.m. that day in the canal after a more than two-hour search by fire, police and Contra Costa County Water District personnel, according to Fire Capt. Robert Marshall.
Firefighters first received a call reporting the 12 or 13-year-old boy in the water around 2:15 p.m. The call came from Wild Horse Road and Hillcrest Avenue, but the boy reportedly fell into the canal around half a mile from that location, Marshall said.
It appears that someone else who was with the boy had tried to go into the water to rescue him, but then realized the current was too fast. That person was able to get out of the water and go for help, Marshall said.
The water district canal is around 18 feet wide and around 10 feet deep, with steeply sloping sides and water that moves around 9 to 12 mph, Marshall said.
It is protected on both sides by a fence, around 6 feet tall, marked by 'No Trespassing' signs, so the boy and his companions would have had to climb or cross that fence to get near the water, Marshall noted.
"These canals run all over Contra Costa County, and they're not safe, it's not safe for swimming, Marshall said.
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