The frantic search for a young boy who fell out of a kayak in raging rapid waters has entered its third day.
More than 60 State Emergency Services volunteers and police divers have returned to Fernhook Falls near Walpole in Western Australia’s south-west.
It’s been 48 hours since the eight-year-old boy went missing on Sunday morning during a family camping trip.
Police said the boy was kayaking in Deep River in the Mt Frankland National Park when he vanished in the fast-flowing waters.
SES volunteers have returned to the camping spot where a boy disappeared on Sunday
Search rescue dogs, SES boats, rescue helicopters and a drone have been deployed as the widespread search resumed on Tuesday morning with improved conditions.
It was suspended on Monday after bad weather and poor light hampered searchers’ efforts.
The boy’s family are from the region and visited Fernhook Falls regularly, which is surrounded by dense bushland.
They were on a camping trip with friends on the final weekend of the school holidays.
‘The family are shocked. They are anxious and wanting us to find their boy,’ Great Southern Police Superintendent Kim Travers said.
‘The instinctive reaction to a child going missing is for a parent to throw themselves into searching for their child and that occurred.’
‘The details of whether the boy could swim or not is not yet known.’
The eight-year-old was kayaking in the rapids part of Deep River (pictured) when he vanished
Police have turned down offers from the public to assist in the search.
‘The call from police is that we have enough resources,’ Superintendent Travers said.
‘The search effort is continuing, we will have our police divers continue to search in the water.
We have got no plans at this stage at all other than to continue the search.’
‘The appreciation from the police to the community in offering volunteers is remarkable; it gives us a great feeling when we know the community is behind us.’
A massive search operation is underway to find a boy after he went missing from his family’s campsite at Fernhook Falls (pictured), along Western Australia’s south coast
Western Australia Police had no further update on Tuesday morning.
Fernhook Falls is a popular spot for swimmers, picnickers, canoers, kayakers, and bushwalkers.
The mood of the Deep River at Fernhook Falls depends on the season, according to the WA Parks and Wildlife Service’s website.
A man drowned at the falls in a fishing accident in 2013.
The widespread search (pictured) for the boy resumed at 7am Tuesday morning