COOS BAY — Families watched visibly pained Monday afternoon as divers and rescue personnel searched for an 8-year-old who disappeared underwater at Upper Empire Lakes.
The search ended in tragedy.
Lakeside Fire Department divers recovered the body of Kristian Croy of Coos Bay at 6:55 p.m., according to Coos Bay Fire Chief Stan Gibson.
Rescue swimmers searched the lake near John Topits Park on Monday afternoon, after reports that the boy was missing.
Gibson said Croy was swimming with his family. He and his 10-year-old brother, Jordan, were on a boogie board. They fell off in deep water and Karistian never surfaced. An onlooker helped Jordan to shore, Gibson said.
Rescuers received word Croy was missing around 3:22 p.m. By the time they arrived on scene, officers were told he had been underwater for five to seven minutes.
Coos Bay and North Bend police responded to the scene, and searched the water with the help of three civilians until divers could arrive around 4:15 p.m.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter briefly came to the scene to help view the area, Gibson said, but was unable to locate Croy.