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3-year old boy found dead in Big Lagoon

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BIG LAGOON - A 3-year-old boy was found dead in Big Lagoon this afternoon.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report that the child had gone missing from the Big Lagoon dock at around 3 pm.  A search and rescue operation was initiated, and the Coast Guard, C-H-P, Calfire and State Parks officials assisted.

Divers found the boy underwater near the dock at about 4 p-m, but life saving efforts by medical personnel proved unsuccessful.  He was pronounced dead at the scene just after 4.  Authorities say the child’s parent looked away for no more than a couple minutes, and then couldn’t find him.  The boy had last been seen on the dock.  Authorities say the cause of death is still under investigation.