CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A six-year-old Ranson, W.Va., boy who went under water for about four minutes while swimming on the Shenandoah River near Shannondale Sunday died Sunday night, a state Division of Natural Resources official said.
The boy died at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., about 11 p.m., Sunday, said DNR officer Ken White.
The boy was flown to the hospital from Jefferson Memorial Hospital following the accident, officials said.
It appears the boy died from drowning but an autopsy will be conducted by a medical examiner in Washington, D.C., to determine the cause of death, White said.
The boy, whom White would not identify, was swimming near a public access to the Shenandoah River just past Gate 1 to the Shannondale development on Blue Ridge Mountain, White said.
The boy, who was with his mother and two other people, was wading on some underwater rocks when he slipped into a deeper section, White said.