THE dangers of fishing fast moving rivers have been reinforced in the wake of the tragic death of a six-year-old boy who was swept away.

Despite his dad and two friends diving into save him on the River Stour, Lucas Dobson’s body was dragged away.

His body was only found six days later despite intense searching by emergency services.

The awful incident happened when the Deal-based family were fishing Kent’s tidal River Stour.

Lucas was fishing with members of his family and friends in a back garden adjoining the river in the Richborough Road area in Sandwich when he fell in.

After a tragic end to the search operation for Lucas, anglers have been warned of the real danger when fishing on fast rivers.

His aunt Maciee Stanford told Angler’s Mail: “He was with his dad and his dad’s friends along with other children.

“They fish there regularly as it is behind one of the men’s houses.

“They were simply having a lovely time fishing and having a BBQ. Lucas was on the jetty and fell in.

“His dad and two friends jumped in straight after to find him, but the current was too strong, he had already gone. In the short amount of time he could not be found.

“The current was so strong the three men could barely swim in it.

“I’m so overwhelmed at the turn out for the search. Our community is strong and has helped us as much as they can through this hard time for my family and me.

“I cannot begin to express how grateful we are for every single person out there that has turned up, shared likes, donated anything, because it all helps it really does.

“To see that many people supporting my family through this tough time really does make you realise how precious life is and how we MUST cherish every moment,” added the 18-year-old.

A vigil was kept by friends, family and well wishers after Lucas was swept away.

Take care, says River Stour local

James Covus is sales manager of Active Baits Solutions, who have an office and tackle shop in Sandwich.

He commented: “The River Stour there is tidal and can be treacherous, flowing extremely fast when the tide is running.

“As a result the fishing can be quite hard with only legering possible other than at low or high tide when there is slack water.

“But silver fish like roach, dace and bream are present and the odd carp, plus the chance of a flounder.

“I can well imagine the lad being quickly swept away and nobody being able to get to him. It’s a great pity he wasn’t wearing a buoyancy aid.

“I always take one everywhere when fishing, especially from boats.

“And I even put mine on ‘just in case’ recently when I went into shallow water to land a pike snagged in the margins,” he added.

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