Family and friends say that the eight year old was playing on a branchnear the river that snapped, at 7 last night.Another child ran up to call help, which is when the search began.
One volunteer, who knew the boy, said: "I haven't slept all night."I've been out searching all morning. But the current was really strong last night."Some volunteers have walked as far as 10 miles to find the boy.People say he is a "mischievous lad" who had a sense of adventure.
Friends and family of an 8 year old missing in the River Wear are joining the search for him in County Durham.Volunteers, some from other villages and towns, have been searching the river since six thirty this morning.