Emergency services search for six-year-old boy who fell into river in Sandwich, Kent

A search is underway for a six-year-old boy who fell into a river in Sandwich, Kent.

The child fell into the River Stour at about 1.20pm.

Police have been working with the Coastguard and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to search the area.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews together with police officers and others are searching the river using the service boat.

“The Coastguard helicopter is supporting from an aerial perspective.”

According to reports, the boy was wearing a black and white t-shirt when he disappeared.

Just before 8pm, the fire service said they had been “inundated with offers of support” from those wanting to help search for the boy.

They added: “However the emergency services want to advise that as light fades, we need people to consider their safety and the risks associated with water.

“Unless you attended the briefing at Sandwich fire station and are aware of how you can help at this time, we would really encourage you to remain safe in your homes. We have a lot of help – Thank you.”

They also gave advice for those continuing to search on land alongside the river, such as not searching alone, keeping in contact with others, carrying a torch and keeping to the main tracks.

Superintendent Amanda Tillotson at Kent Police said: “While we appreciate the support we have received from members of the public who wish to help in the search, we would strongly advise people to stay away from the water.

“This is for their own safety and to ensure those working within the emergency services can focus solely on locating the missing boy.”

Anyone who wishes to report any details regarding the incident should call Kent Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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