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Search resumes on River Medway at Chatham for missing Strood teenager Ben Savage

The search for a missing Medway teenager has resumed today as police carry out another search of the River Medway.

Police and search and rescue teams are not giving up on their hunt for Ben Savage and are carrying out another search of the Sun Pier area of Chatham.

It follows another search last Friday on the river which saw police, firefighters and coastguard teams scour the river for him.

The emergency services were also out last week on the River Medway.
The emergency services were also out last week on the River Medway.

It marked a month since the 18-year-old disappeared following a night out at the Tap’N’Tin bar in Chatham.

He was reported missing on Tuesday, December 6, and a police investigation uncovered footage of him on CCTV cameras near the Sun Pier area of Chatham.

His heartbroken family, who live in Strood, say they have resigned themselves to the fact he fell in the river and was unable to swim to safety.

Since his disappearance, more than 500 hours have been spent searching the River Medway and the area of Sun Pier.

On December 14, family and friends held a candlelit vigil for Ben, placing flowers and candles on the end of the pier.

Coastguard volunteers also went along to pay their respects.

Candles and tributes left at Sun Pier.
Candles and tributes left at Sun Pier.

The touching tribute was organised after Ben’s mother, Tara, issued a statement on behalf of the Savage family, thanking everyone who had given up their time to search for her son.

Ben, a former pupil at Holmesdale School in Snodland and MidKent College in Maidstone, only turned 18 in November.

He had been to the bar with a workmate from Nestledown bed factory in Strood.

Today, a spokesman for police said: “At 8am today, Kent Police, along with partner agencies are carrying out a pre-planned deep water search around the area of Sun Pier, Chatham, in connection to Ben Savage who remains missing.

“The search is focused around the area where the last confirmed CCTV sighting was.

“Kent Police continues to support Mr Savage’s family in this difficult time.”

Anyone with any information about the hours leading up to Ben’s disappearance can call police on 101 quoting reference 06-0198.

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