Desperate hunt for an eight-year-old boy who fell from a boat on a family trip to a popular campsite
- The search for a boy who disappeared in rapids as the kayak entered its third day
- The family were camping in Fernhook Falls in WA when they went missing early Sunday
- The search was intensified with rescue dogs, SES boats, helicopters and a drone
The frantic search for a young boy who fell from a kayak in fast, rough waters has entered its third day.
More than 60 state emergency service volunteers and police divers have returned to Fernhook Falls near Walpole in southwest Western Australia.
It’s been 48 hours since the eight-year-old boy disappeared Sunday morning on a family camping trip.
Police said the boy was kayaking in Deep River in Mount Frankland National Park when he disappeared in the whitewater.
SES volunteers returned to the campsite where a boy disappeared on Sunday
Search dogs, SES boats, rescue helicopters and a drone were deployed as widespread search resumed Tuesday morning with improved conditions.
It was suspended on Monday after bad weather and poor light hampered researchers’ efforts.
The boy’s family are from the area and regularly visit Fernhook Falls, which is surrounded by dense bush.
They were camping with friends the last weekend of the school holidays.
“The family is shocked. They are anxious and want us to find their boy, ” Great Southern Police Superintendent Kim Travers said.
“The knee-jerk reaction to the disappearance of a child is for a parent to go looking for their child and it has happened.”
“The details of whether the boy could swim or not are not yet known.”
The eight-year-old was kayaking the section of the Deep River rapids (pictured) when he disappeared
Police have turned down offers from the public to help with the search.
“The call from the police is that we have enough resources,” said Superintendent Travers.
“The search effort continues, our police divers will continue to search in the water.
We have no plan at this point other than to continue the research. ‘
“The appreciation the police have towards the community for providing volunteers is remarkable; it gives us a great feeling when we know the community is behind us. ‘
A massive search operation is underway to locate a boy after he goes missing from his family’s campsite in Fernhook Falls (pictured), along the south coast of Western Australia
Police in Western Australia had no further updates on Tuesday morning.
Fernhook Falls is a popular location for swimmers, picnickers, canoeists, kayakers, and hikers.
The mood of the Deep River at Fernhook Falls depends on the season, according to the WA Parks and Wildlife Service website.
A man drowned in the falls in a fishing accident in 2013.
The widespread search (pictured) for the boy resumed at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning