A boy who was pulled from Pike Lake, Sask., has died, and family have identified the child as 10-year-old Legacy Cooke.
Cooke, 10, died in hospital Wednesday morning after being pulled from the water Tuesday afternoon. He was at the lake Tuesday to visit and swim with his family before the upcoming school semester, his family said in a statement.
"I would just like to give thanks to the guy that pulled him from the water and everyone else who was helping search," Marylea Lacerte, a family friend, wrote on behalf of the grieving family.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in hospitals, only one family member was allowed to visit Cooke in hospital, Lacerte said.
The child was on life support when he started to crash on Wednesday morning. The doctors and nurses did everything they could to save Legacy but he died, Lacerte's message said.
"This is a very painful time and Legacy has a huge family that are all in disbelief and hurting," Lacerte wrote.
"The family would also like to thank all the bystanders and first responders who responded quickly trying to help. What was suppose to be a relaxing family camping trip preparing for the grind of the new school year has become a nightmare."
Legacy had initially been identified as a nine-year-old boy but he is actually 10, the family said. He had been reported missing from near the water at about 4 p.m. CST.
Cooke had severe compromised immunodeficiency, or Bubble Boy syndrome.
"He was outgoing and liked to crack jokes, and it's going to be quiet without him around hyping up his cousins and siblings and making jokes. He always had a smile on his face and was a happy lil guy even when he was in the hospital with his illnesses or at home sick," the family said through Lacerte.
"He was a brave, fearless boy."
When members of the Saskatoon Fire Department arrived, they found the child unresponsive on the shoreline where he was being assisted by paramedics and police.
A news release from the fire department said the child is not believed to have been wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device when he was removed from the water.
First responders performed CPR before the boy was transported by STARS Air Ambulance to hospital in Saskatoon at about 4:50 p.m.
Medavie Health Services West, RCMP, Delisle and District Fire Department and Saskatchewan Provincial Parks staff were also involved in the response. The lake is about 30 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon.