- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say that rescue crews have found the body of a missing 11-year-old boy in the North Platte River in Casper.

Casper Fire-EMS spokesman Jason Parks says the body of Alex Cressy was found shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://tinyurl.com/mzgqchr ) that Parks says rescuers found Alex in a northern eddy, a backing current of the river off the main stream, when he surfaced.

Alex and an 8-year-old friend were playing in the river on Monday when they were swept away by the current.

Authorities say Alex was trying to help his friend.

The other boy was rescued by a rafting-company worker.

The fire department, Natrona County sheriff’s deputies and volunteers had been searching for Alex since he disappeared.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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