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A 2-year-old boy drowned Sunday after wandering away from his family's campsite in Blacksmith Fork Canyon in Cache County and apparently falling into a river.
Family members began looking for the child about 10 a.m. after they realized he was missing and called 911 when they were unable to locate him, according to a news release from the Cache County Sheriff's Office.
The boy was found about 12:15 p.m. in the Left Fork waterway, which feeds into the Blacksmith Fork River, about a half-mile downstream from the family campsite, the release said.
The child was unresponsive, and medical personnel from the Hyrum City Fire Department and the Logan City Fire Department confirmed he was deceased, the release said.
"This is a stark reminder of the dangers surrounding rivers and streams this time of the year," the news release said. "We are encouraging all people who recreate around water to be vigilant in keeping a very close eye on children. There is still a lot of snowpack in the mountains. Warmer late spring and early summer temperatures will certainly result in continued swift and high water conditions for several more weeks."
The family is from Box Elder County. The identity of the child has not yet been released.