An 18-month-old boy died Monday after falling into an irrigation canal near Kuna

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 7500 block of S. Ten Mile Road, just north of the W. Columbia Road intersection, at 1:17 p.m. after dispatchers got a 911 call the boy had fallen into the water.

Initial reports indicate a group of young kids was playing behind a house near the canal when the boy went missing.

Once a family member noticed one of the kids was gone, she and others immediately began searching the area.

A family member found the boy in the water more than 60 feet away from where he likely fell in. The boy was not breathing. The family member began CPR immediately and someone else called 911.

Paramedics arrived, began treating the boy immediately, and rushed him to St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. The boy was declared dead a short time later.

The case is still under investigation.

Irrigation canals can be very dangerous. The water flows fast and cold, and it can be very difficult to get out once someone has fallen in.

Go to http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/otto/facts.pdf to get more information about canal safety.

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