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Search for six-year-old Lucas Dobson who fell into River Stour enters second day

Lucas Dobson fell into the River Stour on Saturday afternoon.

The search for a missing six-year-old boy who fell into a river has entered its second day.

Lucas Dobson fell into the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent, at 1.20pm on Saturday.

Hundreds of people have joined in the search for missing Lucas Dobson. Credit: PA

Specialist search and rescue teams have been joined by hundreds of members of the public as they scour river banks and waterways for the missing schoolboy.

The search was called off after 10pm on Saturday owing to darkness, and volunteers were warned about their own safety if they continued to search.

Those who did decide to carry on were told to work in groups, use torches and take their phones with them.

A Coastguard helicopter joined the search on Saturday. Credit: PA

Speaking on Saturday evening, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) assistant director Chris Colgan said the force was "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.

“I would like to appeal to people who have come to Sandwich to join the search – if you continue overnight please make sure your own life isn’t placed at risk.

“We have issued some safety advice about keeping clear of the river’s edge, staying on the main tracks, working in groups and never alone, and please make sure you are equipped with a phone and torches.”

Teams search waterways for missing Lucas Dobson. Credit: PA

A number of different waterways, including the main river, make up the search area.