WARFIELD, Ky. — The body of a six-year-old boy was recovered from the Tug Fork River in Martin County, Ky. Christmas Day afternoon, authorities said.
The boy was apparently playing near his home near the river at about 11:30 a.m. when evidence indicates he slipped into the water.
First responders across the river in Mingo County, West Virginia were called for assistance including the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department.
“When we got on the scene, we seen where the little boy had slid into the water and his hat was laying in the water,” Kermit Fire Chief Wilburn Preece told WSAZ-TV.
The boy was in the water for about two hours before the body was recovered several miles downstream.
“They got him out and I had two of my firemen try to revive the boy with CPR but it was just too late,” Preece said.
A couple driving on the West Virginia side of the river spotted the boy’s body floating in the river, authorities said.