Divers find body of missing eight-year-old boy in water near Walpole

Photo: File image.
Photo: File image.

The body of missing eight-year-old boy, Sol, has been recovered from the water by police divers at Fernhook Falls near Walpole this morning, October 17.

Sol was located by the search team on Friday morning, October 15 and a complex operation commenced to safely recover his body.

Great Southern District Superintendent Kim Travers said the recovery would not have been possible without the mutual trust and respect of the family who have remained on site throughout this recovery operation.

The collaboration between Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Service, State Emergency Service, St John Ambulance, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and Fugro who provided the technical expertise and specialist underwater equipment, made this recovery possible.

"The family have been advised and have expressed their thanks to all emergency services and volunteers involved. The family will make a statement at the appropriate time," Superintendent Travers said.

The circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking incident will be subject of a report to the coroner.

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