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Call prompts search along Smith River

Authorities spent a couple of hours responding to a call about a boy possibly in trouble on the Smith River on Saturday.

A call was made to the Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 4:37 p.m. reporting a boy about 10 who seemed to be having trouble while snorkeling in Smith River rapids near the Myrtle Beach area off U.S. Highway 199, said sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.

Authorities from several agencies searched for the boy and questioned people on the riverbanks about whether anyone was missing from their groups until 7 p.m.

A Cal-Ore helicopter made a few trips up and down the river in search of the boy, who was reported to be wearing a red shirt.

He wasn’t found, nor was a boy reported missing at the time or in the following days, Steven said.

It’s likely a boy was seen, but wasn’t actually in trouble, Steven said.

“It’s not uncommon for people to be passing by in the river,” said Steven. “Usually they’re in a boat, some sort of raft or canoe. It’s not uncommon for people to swim by also and that’s probably what (the reporting party) saw.”

The Gasquet Fire Protection District, Smith River Fire Protection District, Del Norte Search and Rescue and the Sheriff’sOoffice aided in the search.



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