The mother and father of a young boy who drowned on the weekend say that their "world was turned upside down and our idyllic life became a nightmare."

Tarek and Mais Habash released an online statement earlier this week. Their three-year-old son, Zane, drowned after disappearing from a group of friends in Nopiming Park on Saturday, May 12.

"Zane was the light of our lives and along with his older sister filled our lives with love, laughter and joy. We are heartbroken for his loss. We miss him tremendously."

The family asked for privacy in the release. They also expressed gratitude to those that helped respond to the accident, as well as those who have shown an outpouring of support as they grieve.

"We are thankful for first responders who tried their best to revive our Zane. We are thankful to friends and family and the community who have supported us through this difficult time."