Official: Boy Swept Away Presumed Dead

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AKRON, Ohio -- After hours of searching for a boy who was swept away by swift-moving water, the mission was being considered a "recovery."

Emergency crews resumed their search for Nicholas Shaffer around 8:30 a.m. Friday, but a fire official said they didn't expect to find him alive.

The boy's mother, twin sister and other family members walked along Mud Brook even before the crews arrived.

Their 12-year-old loved one with autism was sitting on the wall adjacent to the creek at the Timber Top Apartments in Akron Thursday around 5:45 p.m.

It was a sight to see, since the waterway normally flowed at a trickle.

Nicholas Shaffer, 12.

Nicholas Shaffer, 12.

Nicholas was dangling his feet when he suddenly jumped in.  His mother said she jumped in after and wrapped her legs around him but the current was just too strong.

Three other people jumped in the water to try to rescue Nicholas.  They followed him down the stream until the boy was swept out of sight.

“So, as we were going, we swam with the current and we went under, over, got stuck, things like that, and we still couldn’t find him,” Kameron Williams said.

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Emergency crews searched a five-mile stretch for hours Thursday but could not locate the boy.

Nicholas’ mother thanked the searchers and those who are praying for her family, but said she was too upset to talk with Fox 8 News.

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