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Kent Police marine unit searching River Stour in Canterbury after sighting of a man in water

03 February 2014
by Joe Walker

A special police marine unit is searching the River Stour today after a man was spotted in the water.

Emergency crews were called to the swollen river after the sighting near the Kingsmead depot at 7.20am.

A woman called 999 after seeing the man and becoming concerned for his welfare because of the temperature of the water.

Emergency crews at the scene in Canterbury

Emergency crews at the scene. @kic_canterbury

The man smiled at the woman and gestured the "peace" sign with his hand, but had disappeared when she looked again.

A police helicopter and fire crews were called in to help with the search, but the man has not yet been found.

Officers searched the area with help of the police helicopter, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the Kent Police Marine Unit.

A different member of the public phoned police later to say they had seen a man get out of the river a bit further from the original sighting and he appeared to be safe.

River searched after man spotted in water. @kic_canterbury

The river is searched after a man was spotted in the water. Picture: @kic_canterbury

The man is asked to phone Kent Police on 101, quoting incident reference 03-134.

Did you see the man in the river? Phone the newsdesk on 01227 475915.

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