A public briefing has taken place this morning to coordinate a plan enabling local people to help in the search for the missing 6 year-old boy. We’ve again been inundated with offers of support – Thank you. The emergency services need people to consider their safety and the risks associated with water. Unless you attended the briefing at Sandwich fire station and are aware of how you can help at this time, we would really encourage you to remain safe away from the area. We have a lot of help – Thank you. A one mile exclusion zone has been set up on the river around the scrap yard at Richborough Road to prevent any form of public water vessel like canoes or boats with engines entering the primary search zone. This is to allow the water to remain as still as possible and to enable the search and rescue teams to carry out their work. The areas that we need people to help in the search operation are in two specific zones: Zone 1 – From Castle Cottages heading upstream Zone 2 – From the Toll Bridge towards the coast Members of the public who are helping in the search, the request is to once again make sure you think about personal safety and not to put yourself or others at risk: – Stay a safe distance from the water edge on the banks, do not enter the water. – Work in pairs, not alone. – Remain in contact with others and have a phone with you. – If you need to report any details regarding the search call Kent Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. The emergency services are very grateful for all the help and support, but it’s paramount that people remain safe at all times – thank you.
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