Body found of young boy swept away while fishing with father, police say

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says searchers found the body Sunday morning

By Allyson Henning - Reporter, Ronnie Rodgers - Associate Producer, Roxy Tyler - Web producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., - Police, firefighters, Florida Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard have found the body of a young boy who was missing in the St. Johns River after he and his father were swept away Saturday afternoon while fishing near the Alamacani Boat Ramp on Heckscher Drive.

Witness said they saw the man and child go under the water and never come back up at 4:25 p.m. The father, who is believed to be in his 30s, was holding on to his son as the two were caught by a current and were being swept toward the ocean, according to witnesses.

The father's body was recovered about 11 p.m. Saturday but the boy, who is 7-years-old, was not found until around 10 a.m. Sunday. 

Witnesses watching the search teams are sending prayers to the family.

"My heart goes out to them. It could happen to anybody," fisherman Lorene Miller said.

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