Body of Ohio Boy Recovered Days After He Was Swept Away by Rip Current in Front of His Mom

"His mother, Diana, fought those waves until she almost gave up her life as well trying to find Hunter," a loved one said

<p>Lisa Millward/GoFundMe</p> Hunter.

Lisa Millward/GoFundMe


Authorities in Ohio say the body of a young boy who was swept away has been recovered days after he was swept away by a rip current in Lake Erie.

"Hunter has been recovered," the Conneaut Police Department said in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, June 11. "He has been transported from the scene to the Cleveland Medical [Examiner's] office for examination. Please keep Hunter's family in your thoughts and prayers."

PEOPLE has reached out to police for comment.

The boy, who has been identified only by his first name, was visiting Conneaut Township Park with his mother and a friend on June 7 when he was carried away by the rip current, according to Fox affiliate WJW. Crews had been searching for him ever since.

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The organizer of a GoFundMe campaign created to help Hunter's family following the terrifying incident said the tragedy occurred right "in front of his family."

"His mother, Diana, fought those waves until she almost gave up her life as well trying to find Hunter," the organizer wrote. "She was right there when this happened. I can not fathom the grief that this family is dealing with, the pain of the situation."

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As of Thursday, June 13, more than $13,000 has been raised.

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The National Weather Service issued a warning the morning of June 7 warning about rip currents from high winds and wave action, WJW reported.

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Springfield Local Schools released a statement on Facebook following his death saying that the community "suffered a giant loss this week."

"Hunter was a great son, team mate, and friend," the district added. "He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Please come support Hunter's family as they attempt to navigate this terrible tragedy."

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