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Wednesday, August 20 2014, 07:39 AM EDT
UPDATE: Therapy Dogs, Counselors Available at Elementary School Following Boy's Drowning
SPRINGFIELD -- Three therapy dogs will be at Snyder Elementary School today and Wednesday following the death of 9-year-old Collin Jenkins.

Jenkins would have been a fourth grader when school resumed on Wednesday. Now, school officials are offering counselors and the therapy dogs to students who might need the services following Jenkins' death.

Jenkins died Monday while playing with family members in Buck Creek.



Earlier coverage:

UPDATE: Body of 9-Year-Old Boy Pulled From Buck Creek in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD -- After three hours of frantically searching Buck Creek on Monday, rescuers recovered the body of 9-year-old Collin Jenkins.

A mother's ultimate pain: losing her child unexpectedly.

Collin was out on the water behind Carleton Davidson Stadium on Mitchell Boulevard with his uncle and three brothers. Officials say the boys were sliding down a moss-covered dam into rolling water.

"At the end of that low head dam the water turns over on itself, and if you get caught up in that you can't get out," Springfield Fire Capt. Pat Casey explained Monday.

Officials say if Collin had been under water for even just 10 minutes, his chances of survival would've been slim.

Collin couldn't swim, but Capt. Casey says even experienced swimmers are at risk.

"Regardless of how good a swimmer you are, you can't get out. Even at this low current. It's very hazardous," Casey added solemnly. "It's very unfortunate that this particular location is out of sight from everybody, so it's very hard to regulate restrictions in this area."

Safety officials depend on 'No Swimming' signs to deter people from braving the volatile waters.

It's not adventure you'll find in this water, but tragedy.

"A very bad day all around. For the family and firefighters. The hardest part of our day is when we have the loss of a child," Casey added.

Officials say it's still unclear, but possible, that Collin's uncle could be charged as a result of his death.



Earlier coverage:

SPRINGFIELD -- The search for a missing boy is over in Buck Creek.

Police pulled the 9-year-old's body out from the water just after 4 p.m. Monday.

The frantic three-hour search that had the worst possible ending for the family of Collin Jenkins.

Fire officials tell us Collin was swimming with his three other brothers and uncle.

We're told they were sliding down a moss-covered dam into the 6 feet of rolling water. On Collin's turn the current took him under.

Officials say no one should be swimming in this water.

"The fact that if you get caught up in the undertow, it will not let you out. That's what happened with this 9-year-old boy. He wasn't able to get out," Springfield Fire Department Capt. Pat Casey said solemnly Monday.

Dive teams found Collin six feet under water, near the left bank where he was last seen.

Collin was set to start the fourth grade Wednesday at Lincoln Elementary in Springfield.



Earlier coverage:

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield fire chief says the body of a missing 9-year-old boy has been pulled from Buck Creek.  According to a 911 call made by Collin's mother just before 3 p.m., the boy was swimming with an uncle and his three brothers, when he went under water and did not come back up.

Rescue crews were sent to the area of water under a bridge and near some baseball fields to search for the boy.  They found his body about 90 minutes later.



SPRINGFIELD -- A search of Buck Creek near the Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield is underway for a missing child.

The child was last seen in the water and right now it's not known if he is still in the water or may have gotten out.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you more details as they become available.UPDATE: Therapy Dogs, Counselors Available at Elementary School Following Boy's Drowning

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