UK Rescuers Search Flooded River for Missing Boy

May 1, 2012; 5:54 AM ET
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An 8-year-old boy is missing after falling into the flooded River Wear near Crook, U.K., Friday about 19:00 BST (2:00 p.m. EST).

UPDATE: As of Sunday morning the search continued for the missing boy identified by police as 8-year-old Ian Bell of Sunnybrow.

He was reported missing by his brother. The brothers and some friends were playing close to the river at the time of the accident. The child grabbed a branch, but the branch snapped.

The Royal Air Force, mountain rescue teams and the Durham Police and Fire service have joined forces to search the river for the missing child. An underwater search and rescue team i also searching.

The river was at flood levels due to rain in the area for days prior to the accident.

"Locally, as much as 2 inches of rain fell between Wednesday and Thursday, That amount of rain is enough to cause the flooding of small streams and rivers," said Meteorologist Eric Leister.

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