March 22, 2023

Who is Lucas Dobson? Missing six-year-old boy Found Dead; Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Father, Missing, Vigil

Lucas Dobson Bio, Wiki

Lucas Dobson is a six-year-old boy who slipped into the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent, at about 13:30 BST on Saturday 17th, August while out fishing with his family.

His body was found on Wednesday morning, August 21st with the Family confirming that it was him. Kent Police said the body had not been formally identified.

Lucas Dobson Found Dead After a Search Lasting Five Days

Hundres of people, including volunteers and members of the emergency services, have been involved in the search for the child, who was feared to have drowned since Saturday. Kent Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard, the RNLI, Kent Search and Rescue and the Specialist Group International dive team joined the search for him. More than 200 volunteers helped in the hunt, with some coming from outside the county to take part in the rescue.

On the fifth day of the search, on Wednesday August 21st, Kent police said a body had been discovered but that it had yet to be formally identified. Lucas’s family have been informed and were being supported, police added.

Ch Insp Mark Weller said it was “deeply tragic and upsetting” and Lucas’ family were “understandably devastated. We were inundated with offers of assistance from members of the public, who turned out in large numbers to help search for Lucas.”

He added: “I know his family are very grateful and touched by the support provided, and I too would like to offer my own personal thanks.”

Lucas slipped into the river between a boat and jetty on Saturday August 17th. His father and two adults jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue him but he was swept away by a strong current.

Peter Faulding, of the Specialist Group International, said search teams had been “working incredibly hard” to find Lucas and it had been a “real community effort”.

A Facebook page, Search For Lucas, said he was wearing a black and red striped T-shirt with white shorts. Vigils were held on Monday evening across Kent, with people lighting candles in an attempt to “light up the coast for Lucas”. The were organised online under the hashtag #LIGHTUPTHECOASTFORLUCAS.

A vigil in Aylesham for Lucas Dobson. Photograph: CJ Barr/PA
A vigil in Aylesham for Lucas Dobson. Photograph: CJ Barr/PA

Lucas Dobson Aunt Narrates How the Ordeal Happened

Earlier in the week, Lucas’s aunt, Maciee Stanford, reportedly said the child’s father, Nathan, had jumped into the river after him with two others but “the current was too strong, he had already gone”.

She added: “He was with his dad and his dad’s friends along with other children. Lucas was on the jetty and tried to step from there on to the boat, but he fell in between the jetty and the boat. As soon as he fell, the three adults jumped in after, but the current was too strong, he could not be found. They fish and do this regularly as it is behind one of the men’s houses – all the children play together here.”