ANTIOCH -- Rescue crews pulled the body of a 13-year-old boy from an Antioch water district canal late Saturday afternoon after his friends' efforts to rescue him failed, a battalion chief said.
The name of the teenager, who is from Antioch, has not been released pending notification of his family, said Contra Costa Fire Protection District Capt. Robert Marshall. He was recovered about 4:45 p.m., roughly two hours after he fell into the water.
Marshall said it is unclear exactly why the teen went into the canal, but police did find a skateboard near the water's edge, suggesting the boy and two of his friends may have been playing in the area, he added.
The teenager fell into the canal roughly half a mile up from where it crosses under Hillcrest Avenue about 2 p.m., Marshall said.
Though one of the teen's friends tried to jump in and save him, when he realized the current was too strong, the boy was able to get back out of the water and call 911, Marshall said. The teenager was found about a quarter-mile down the waterway from where he fell in.
The water district canal, near Hillcrest Avenue, has at least two feet of dark water in it, making it difficult to search, Marshall said.
According to the Contra Costa Water District, the canal in the area where the boy fell was between 8 and 10 feet deep, and the current could run between 9 and 12 miles per hour, Marshall said. The canal dips to about 10 feet wide at the bottom, down from 18 feet wide at the canal's top.
Antioch police are investigating the boy's drowning.
This was the second time within the past week that someone has died in the Contra Costa Canal, the waterway run by the Contra Costa Water District. On Monday, 48-year-old Brentwood resident Saul Hernandez, who was a patient at Sutter Delta Medical Center, left the hospital's emergency room and entered the water. He was found Wednesday.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine if Hernandez drowned.