The boy had been playing outside with his sister and some other children. The boy’s sister noticed that her brother was missing and alerted her parents.
The Mayor of Erpe-Mere Hugo De Waele (Christian democrat) told VRT News that the boy’s shoes and a ball were found near to the banks of the fishpond. The police, the fire service and paramedics were called to the scene. "We feared the worst. Sadly, the Fire Service divers finally found the boy’s body in the middle of the pond. The doctor tried to revive him, but his attempts were unsuccessful”, Mr De Waele added.
The Judicial Authorities say that the boy’s death was a tragic accident. The East Flemish Judicial Authorities’ spokeswoman Annelies Verstraete told VRT News that “There is no indication of foul play or involvement of a third party in the boy’s death”.