The physique of the Edmonton teenager was recovered from a pond in Whitecourt, Alta.

Fourteen-year-old Edmonton resident Hassan Mohamed died after falling right into a pond on the Rotary Park Outdoor Waterpark in Whitecourt, Alta. (Posted by Abdi Ahmed Mohamed)

The physique of an Edmonton teenager lacking from a pond in Whitecourt, Alta., since Sunday has been discovered.

Volunteer rescue divers discovered the physique of Hassan Mohamed, 14, about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, an RCMP spokesman mentioned.

RCMP had been referred to as to the Rotary Park Outdoor Waterpark simply earlier than 4 p.m. Sunday after a “child swimmer” went lacking, police mentioned in a information launch the identical day.

The water park is adjoining to the park’s pond.

RCMP initially mentioned the lacking swimmer had been within the water with adults.

But Ahmed Shukri, a longtime neighbor and pal of {the teenager}’s household, mentioned Hassan fell into the pond accidentally.

RCMP, together with hearth and emergency providers, searched the pond on Sunday and Monday.

Hassan’s father, Abdi Ahmed, mentioned the previous three days have been arduous for everybody, particularly Hassan’s twin brother.

“It’s very hard for us,” Ahmed advised CBC News on Tuesday morning.

“We have to be strong right now.”

Ahmed mentioned his son, who attended John D. Bracco Junior High School in northeast Edmonton, was the oldest of eight kids.

He was variety and accountable and sometimes helped his dad and mom, his father mentioned.

Search for a number of days

Edmontonan Kaitlin Blake, who was staying at a campsite close to Mayerthorpe for the weekend, was one in every of many volunteer swimmers looking out the pond for Hassan.

On Sunday afternoon, she heard cries for assist. She grabbed a pair of goggles and bumped into the pond, totally clothed.

“The first thing that goes through my mind, as a mom, is, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get my baby out,'” Blake mentioned.

She mentioned she looked for greater than half an hour, but it surely was tough to see within the murky water. A fountain within the pond ran till somebody turned it off, she added.

Blake mentioned search and rescue personnel arrived and looked for the lacking teenager, first with boats and paddles, then a internet.

Volunteer diving staff

Cpl. Michael Hibbs with Whitecourt RCMP mentioned the primary day of the search ended simply after midnight Sunday.

The effort began once more on Monday round 8 and continued till about 19, the place employees cleared the pond to permit sediment to settle.

Tuesday morning was the earliest the volunteer dive groups might arrive, Hibbs mentioned.

Audrey Shillabeer, an administrative volunteer with the Underwater Search Team, mentioned in an e-mail that the staff’s ideas are with {the teenager}’s household and neighborhood.

She mentioned the staff had simply spent three days at Spray Lakes in southwestern Alberta when it was referred to as to Whitecourt, with barely enough time in between to rebuild and clear tools. The staff was later referred to as to Peace River.

“Implementing takes time, and again, as relief volunteers, they move as fast as they can,” Shillabeer mentioned.

The search staff will not be funded and typically depends closely on volunteer sources, she mentioned.

Shukri, a long-time neighbor of the household, mentioned the world is an attraction that attracts the Somali neighborhood from Edmonton.

“I’m sure we all feel that this should have been … this was preventable, especially knowing that there are young kids coming out here.”

He mentioned there needs to be extra safety measures in place.

“We say this should be a warning.”

In a information launch Tuesday morning, issued earlier than the physique was discovered, town of Whitecourt expressed condolences to {the teenager}’s household “at this tragic and difficult time.”

The launch mentioned Rotary Park stays closed and entry factors to the power are blocked.

According to the Lifesaving Society, Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch, the province experiences a median of 30 deadly drownings every year and about 160 non-fatal emergency room visits.

Whitecourt is positioned about 180 kilometers northwest of Edmonton.

With recordsdata from Madeleine Cummings and Travis McEwan

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