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Lucas Dobson: Aunt shares message to little boy from Deal who fell into River Stour

ByKatie May Nelson

The aunt of missing Lucas Dobson has shared a heartfelt message to her nephew on social media.

Maciee Stanford praised well-wishers who turned out for candlelit vigils for her nephew last night.

'Light up the coast for Lucas' saw hundreds of people line the Kent coastline.

Lucas Dobson with his aunty Maciee Stanford Picture: Maciee Stanford(15423022)
Lucas Dobson with his aunty Maciee Stanford Picture: Maciee Stanford(15423022)

Six-year-old Lucas from Deal fell into the River Stour in Sandwich whilst stepping from the jetty on to a boat on Saturday.

In a Facebook post, Maciee said: "So overwhelmed at the turn out tonight. Our community is strong and has helped us as much as they can through this hard time for my family and I.

"I cannot begin to express how greatful (sic) we are for every single person out there that has turned up shared likes donated anything because it all helps, it really does.

Lucas Dobson. Picture: Maciee Stanford (15386262)
Lucas Dobson. Picture: Maciee Stanford (15386262)

"To see that many people supporting my family through this tough time really does make you realise how precious life is and how we MUST cherish every moment.

"We will never give up on you Lucas you’re out there and we are going to find you and bring you home baby boy.

"You and your beautiful blue eyes have showed everyone how precious life is.

"You’re truly amazing inside and out the funniest little man I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch grow and help raise.

"When you were a baby you used to fall asleep on my chest. When you was a toddler we used to play!

Lucas Dobson, six, fell into the River Stour on Saturday. Picture: Maciee Stanford(15423019)
Lucas Dobson, six, fell into the River Stour on Saturday. Picture: Maciee Stanford(15423019)

"You’re a beautiful big boy now, you’ve lost your front teeth and you’re so smart you can spell everything and you’re wicked at drawing.

"And here we are playing hide and seek but you’re just too good.

"So we need you to just give us a little hint please baby absolutely anything then we can find you and you win the game. Because you’re auntie Macie’s number 1 you always will be."

Lucas was with his dad, his dad's friends and other children on a fishing trip when the tragedy occurred.

Hundreds of people have been helping fire fighters, police officers and the coastguard with the search.

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