9-year-old Boy Drowns in Shenandoah River

June 30, 2010

Rescue crews recovered the body of a 9-year-old boy from the Shenandoah River Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the boy was playing when he slipped on a rock and was pulled underwater.

Warren County Sheriff's deputies say they received a call Tuesday afternoon stating a boy was pulled under the water. Authorities resumed the search for the boy Wednesday morning.

Several tons of rocks were brought into divert water from the dam when they determined the boy may be stuck there. Crews spent hours combing the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, where the Riverton Dam is located.

The boy's body was recovered just after 12:30pm Wednesday afternoon. This is the second drowning at this dam in three months. The Town of Front Royal owns the dam and they have placed warning signs along the river.

A family member confirmed that the victim is a boy named Ryan from Bunker Hill, West Virginia. He was visiting his grandfather who lives in the area. Representatives for the family say they would like to thank all of the crews involved in the rescue efforts.

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