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Fears for boy, 7, missing in Murrumbidgee River near Wagga Wagga
November 28, 2011
GRAVE fears are held for a seven-year-old boy who fell into a fast flowing river in southern NSW yesterday and was carried downstream.
The boy was playing with friends at the edge of the Murrumbidgee River, downstream of Wagga Wagga Beach at about 3pm on Sunday when he fell into the fast flowing river and was carried downstream.
His friends then lost sight of him.
A police spokesman said the accident is not thought to be connected to the floods that have affected parts of the state, though the river may have been flowing slightly faster because of recent heavy rainfall.
A search for the lad, involving helicopters, police and the State Emergency Service, was underway on Sunday.
Despite the extensive search, the boy couldn't be found.
The search was due to resume at first light today, with police divers expected to arrive later in the morning.
Heavy rainfall across NSW has already claimed the life of a three-year-old boy, who drowned early on Saturday afternoon when he was swept into a stormwater drain at Bingara, in state's north.