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USIndiana boy, 4, is swept away by floodwaters while playing

10:25  25 may  2019
10:25  25 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Indiana authorities are desperately searching for a 4-year-old boy who was swept away in a flooded creek after heavy rains hit the region.

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The child was playing near Deer Creek in Delphi Thursday before he began to struggle in the water and was carried away by the current, a witness told the First responders launched a search for the boy shortly after 6 p.m., using boats and sonar technology but because of dangerous conditions, their

Owen Jones was playing with his friends near Deer Creek in Delphi on Thursday when the incident happened.

A group of kids -- between ages 12 and 16 -- who were with Owen called 911 and tried to follow him, but lost sight of him. Heavy rains added to the already strong current that carried Owen downstream, said Lt. Dan Dulin of the Indiana Department of Natural Resource.

Indiana boy, 4, is swept away by floodwaters while playing© Indiana DNR/Indiana DNR Owen Jones

Recent rains have made the current so strong, that divers aren't able to search for boy, Dulin said. As a result, rescuers are using boats with sonar and drones in their search. The search will resume Saturday at daylight, Dulin said.

The storms in the Midwest and Great Plains have left eight dead this week. One person has died in Iowa, five in Missouri and two in Oklahoma.

Delphi is about 75 miles from Indianapolis.

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