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THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER – A 3-year-old boy was unhurt and apparently unfazed after he floated 12 kilometres down a British Columbia river riding atop his toy truck, police said yesterday.
Demetrius Jones was camping with his family at a popular park near Fort St. John in northeastern British Columbia on Sunday when he wandered off unnoticed and somehow entered the nearby Peace River, RCMP said.
At first, the boy’s parents thought he was playing with other relatives at the campsite. Police were later alerted and had begun a search when a boater found the boy, and the toy, about 12 kilometres away, floating in three metres of water after a nearly two-hour journey.
Demetrius, who was apparently unaware of the danger he had been in, was taken to hospital for treatment for mild exposure.
A local news report said the boy made sure the boater who found him also retrieved the toy truck.