People living in Sunnybrow in County Durham are being offered support as the search for 8 year old Ian Bell enters it's third day.
A major search operation has been underway since he fell into the River Wear near to the Brown Trout while playing with friends.
The police, Durham County Council, the Red Cross and the WRVS were on hand at Sunnybrow Community Centre, Dovedale Avenue, where a community support centre is now open.
Police say Ian Bell, aged 8, was playing with his friends down by the river.
The search for Ian went on until 1.30am Saturday and resumed at first light that day.
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.
A specialist underwater search and rescue team is assisting police in the search for a missing 8-year-old boy.
The boy, from Sunny Brow, is believed to have fallen into the River Wear, near Willington, in County Durham, at around 7pm. Emergency services are carrying out an "extensive" search of the river.
A major search operation is underway after an 8 year-old boy fell into a river while playing with friends.
The boy is believed to have fallen into the River Wear, near Willington, in County Durham, at around 7pm. Emergency services are carrying out an "extensive" search of the river.