Police thank members of the public who help in search for missing boy

14 Jan 2018 14:00 PM

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Police would like to thank members of the public who helped with the search for a missing nine year old boy in Sunderland this afternoon.

At 2.23pm this afternoon police received a report of concern for a nine year old boy on the seafront in the Whitburn area of Sunderland. The boy had last been seen dodging waves on the prom and it was not known if he had gone into the sea or not.

An extensive search was launched utilising all police resources south of the river, the coastguard, RNLI, the fire service and the national police air service. Members of the public in the area also offered their support in the search.

A short time after had gone missing the boy was found safe and well.

Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “There was a substantial police presence in the area as we launched an extensive search for the boy and I would like to thank members of the public who went out of their way to help us. 

“All available police resources, both uniformed, plain clothes and operations support, have been dedicated to looking for the young boy and we’re pleased we have been able to find him safe and well.

“I would also like to thank the Coastguard, who immediately launched two boats, RNLI and the fire service for their assistance.”

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