Search continues after Lucas Dobson, six, falls into Kent river


Police have resumed searches for missing six-year-old Lucas Dobson, who fell into the River Stour while fishing.

Specialist diving teams and emergency services are being supported by a large group of public volunteers in the search on Sunday.

Lucas fell into the river in Sandwich, Kent, on Saturday afternoon.

Supt Amanda Tillotson, of Kent police, said: “I would like to thank those members of the public who are helping to search for Lucas but would reiterate my advice to them to please stay away from the water for their own safety.”

Lucas’s aunt Maciee Stanford, 18, told the MirrorOnline: “He was with his dad and his dad’s friends along with other children. The incident happened because our Lucas was on the jetty and tried to step from there on to the boat but he fell in between the jetty and the boat (small gap).

“As soon as he fell the three adults jumped in after but the current was too strong, he had already gone in the short amount of time he could not be found.

“They fish and do this regularly as it is behind one of the men’s houses, all the children play together here.”

A large number of volunteers could be seen walking down the sides of the river on Sunday morning and around the wider search area, with one man carrying a pair of binoculars.

At points along the River Stour, which is visibly fast flowing, search and rescue specialists could be seen probing the riverbank and water.

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A Facebook page called Search For Lucas said he was wearing a black and red striped T-shirt with white shorts.

Officers were first called at about 1.20pm on Saturday, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) said.

KFRS assistant director Chris Colgan said on the day: “We’re all incredibly grateful to everyone who has given everything today to try and locate this little boy. Our thoughts are with him and his family tonight at this very difficult and emotional time.”



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