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Police helicopter searching river after reports body seen in River Medway near Borstal

A large search and rescue operation has been launched on the River Medway after someone apparently reported a body was floating in the River Medway.

The emergency services were called out to Medway Bridge Marina in Borstal, Rochester, shortly before 7am after a motorist driving on the London-bound carriageway apparently spotted a body floating in the river.

The report suggested the body floating was wearing a green jumper, but as yet, nothing has been found.

The emergency services search River Medway and surrounding areas
The emergency services search River Medway and surrounding areas

Ambulance crews, police, and firefighters and members of the coastguard team were called out to the scene and police helicopter could be seen making its way up and down the river searching for any sign of the body.

It is understood so far the only thing spotted by the search teams was a seal basking on one of the banks of the river.

The emergency services teams out on the River Medway looking for a body, picture @kentpoliceroads
The emergency services teams out on the River Medway looking for a body, picture @kentpoliceroads

Lucy Hurdle, spokesman for police said: "Kent Police was called at 6.58am a report that a motorist had seen a body in the River Medway, near to the Medway Bridge.

"Officers have attended and currently no body has been located.

"Inquiries are ongoing."


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