DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - A family is a community in mourning after a 16-year-old boy drowned in a section of Creel Bay.
It was at Creel Bay Recreational Area where the Lake Region search and rescue team recovered the body of a 16-year-old boy.
Details about what happened are still emerging, but he was swimming in the boat ramp area and somehow drowned around 6:30 Friday night.
"It's heartbreaking. I mean to lose a child. That would be tough. That would be really tough," said Mike Wirkus, a visiting fisherman.
People in the area say the boy's mother was nearby at some point during the tragic turn of events.
Wirkus has been coming to Devils Lake with his brother for more than 20 years to fish, and while he does not know the specifics of the case, he says, as with any other water tragedy, a variety of conditions could have contributed to the boy's death.
"You know depending on how cold the water was I mean he could have cramped up, he could've started getting hypothermia, you know who knows?" says Mike Wirkus.
Signs are posted advising people not to swim in the boat ramp area and Wirkus says they've never seen anyone doing anything but launching their boats.
"Everybody seems to be pretty alert and safety conscious and everything," says Mark Wirkus, Mikes brother.
The Ramsey County Sheriff says the boy's death is under investigation.