Body of missing boy found on riverbank

The body of a 4-year-old Roma child, who fell into an irrigation canal near the central town of Karditsa on Wednesday night, was found washed up on the banks of a nearby river yesterday. National First Aid Center (EKAB) workers launched a search for the boy after he wandered away from a makeshift Roma settlement near the village of Ptelopoula and fell into the canal whose water level had been around 2 meters deep at the time. Residents of the camp tried to save the child but the canal waters whisked him away. They then reported the incident to the relevant authorities, who said they would drain the canal, a process that reportedly takes eight hours. Rescue workers searched throughout the night but it was not until midday that they located the boy’s body. A coroner was to establish the exact the cause of the child’s death.