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Lucas Dobson: River Stour search resumes for missing boy

Lucas Dobson Image copyright Chloee Martin
Image caption Lucas Dobson fell into the River Stour in Sandwich at lunchtime on Saturday

The search for a six-year-old boy who fell into a river in Kent while fishing has resumed.

Search teams worked to find Lucas Dobson until darkness stopped them at about 22:00 BST on Sunday.

A spokesman for Kent Police said officers were searching with Kent Fire and Rescue, Margate Coastguard Rescue Team and divers.

Lucas slipped into the River Stour in Sandwich at 13:30 on Saturday and has not been seen since.

Image caption Volunteers have been gathering at Sandwich Fire Station to be briefed on the search operation

A public briefing is being held on Monday morning at Sandwich Fire Station to allow people to understand how best to support the search operation.

More than 100 emergency service personnel and 200 volunteers took part in the search for Lucas over the weekend.

On Sunday, when asked how likely it was Lucas would be found alive, Supt Tillotson said: “Obviously as time has gone on… I think it is unlikely, unfortunately.

“But, we will continue to search and obviously I would like to have a positive outcome – I would like to find Lucas.

“We are getting increasingly concerned with the amount of time that has gone on.”

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Image caption Rescue teams searched for Lucas on the River Stour all day on Sunday

Rescue teams in canoes have searched dense vegetation on the riverbanks, while police officers also used sonar equipment.

Lucas’s aunt, Maciee Stanford, thanked people for their support and said Lucas had slipped and fallen between a jetty and a boat while out fishing with his family.

Three adults – including his father – jumped into the river to try to save him, but the child was swept away by the strong current, according to Ms Stanford.

“We appreciate everything everyone has done,” she said.

“It’s so overwhelming to see our community come together and help us – we could not thank you all enough for everything.”

Source: bbc.co.uk

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