Body of Lucas Dobson, six, found in river, police confirm

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Body of Lucas Dobson, six, found in river, police confirm

Lucas Dobson and rescue mission

Police have confirmed they’ve found Lucas Dobson (Picture: BPM Media/PA/Facebook)

Rescuers have found the dead body of six-year-old Lucas Dobson, who slipped into the river while out fishing with his dad.

The schoolboy went missing in the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent on Saturday afternoon.

His father Nathan and two adults jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue him but he was swept away by a huge current.

Kent Police have now formally identified Lucas after finding a body in the river at 9.15am this morning.

Chief inspector Mark Weller said: ‘It brings an end to our search and I would like to echo Lucas’ family’s message of thanks to those who came out to help search for him in the last few days.

‘The community support we have witnessed has been heart-warming, even in the most tragic of circumstances.

Kent Police officers from the search and marine unit scour a section of the River Stour as their search for missing six-year-old Lucas Dobson, who fell into the river in Sandwich, Kent, on Saturday afternoon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 19, 2019. See PA story POLICE River. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Members of the Kent Police search and marine unit scout the River Stour (Picture: PA)

Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @Cjbarr09 of a vigil set up in Aylesham for Lucas Dobson, the six-year old who went missing after falling into a river in Sandwich on Saturday afternoon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 20, 2019. Members of the coastguard are monitoring a section of the River Stour as the search for Lucas continues. See PA story POLICE River. Photo credit should read: CJ Barr/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A vigil set up in Aylesham, Kent for the missing six-year-old (Picture: PA)

Lucas Dobson

Lucas slipped into the river on a family fishing trip (Picture: Chloee Martin)

‘While the search may have ended, our support to Lucas’ family continues.’

Emergency services experts used specialist equipment to find Lucas, including sonar detectors, underwater cameras, divers, dogs and drones.

More than 200 volunteers helped in the hunt including people from outside the county.

But they were later urged by police to ‘stay away’ when the river became the ‘sole focus’ in the hunt.

Mother Kirsty Furze leads vigil / The procession set off in silence along the pier behind the family / re: Lucas Dobson drowning

Mother Kirsty Furze leads a vigil (Picture: BPM Media)

The search for a boy who has fallen into a river has resumed today, August 18 2019. See National News story NNriver. Crowds gathered this morning to help look for the youngster. Emergency services were called to Richborough Road in Sandwich at 1.20pm on Saturday following the accident involving six-year-old Lucas Dobson. It is understood he fell into the River Stour during a family fishing trip. It is thought the boy's father dived into the river but was unable to reach him.

Emergency services spent days searching the river for a body (Picture: SWNS)

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout photo courtesy of Maciee Stanford, the aunt of missing six-year-old Lucas Dobson who slipped into the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent, on Saturday afternoon, while on a fishing trip with family members. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 18, 2019. See PA story POLICE River. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Lucas was swept away by currents as his dad and two other adults tried to save him (Picture: PA)

Vigils were held in towns across the south east of England for the missing schoolboy on Monday.

Twitter users shared images of lit candles under the hashtag #LightUpTheCoastForLucas in solidarity with his family.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, and a report is being prepared for the coroner, Kent Police said.

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