It took rescuers about an hour to find the boy, 30 to 40 yards from the shore

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An 11-year-old boy drowned in the Detroit River after falling into the water during a visit with family friends on Wednesday in Trenton, police said.

Police were called, at about 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, on a report that the boy fell into the river while playing with his younger brother, said Trenton public safety director James Nardone. The boy’s family were visiting friends on the 2400 block of Riverside Drive. That’s between Jefferson to the west and the Detroit River to the east.

In addition to police and firefighters from Trenton, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Downriver Dive Team and the Wayne County sheriff’s marine division all responded and found the boy about an hour later, 30-40 yards from the shore in a dock area, Nardone said.

Medics attempted to resuscitate the boy and transported him to Beaumont hospital in Trenton, where he was pronounced dead.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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