Lifeboat launched in Thames after boy separated from mum

A rescue boat was launched from into the Thames from a West London lifeboat station tonight (December 3) after a boy was reported missing.

Volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution entered the river at Teddington shortly after 5pm but were later stood down by Her Majesty’s Coastguard after the situation was resolved by police.

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed the boy, who was separated from his mum in Kingston just before 5pm, has been found safe and well.

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RNLI Teddington said: “Volunteer crew launched both D class lifeboats at 1704 today to a missing person in Kingston.

“Situation resolved by Metropolitan Police Service Kingston and crew were stood down by Her Majesty’s Coastguard.”

In a statement, the Met added: “Police were called at 16:56hrs after a young boy was reported missing when he became separated from his mother in the Kingston area.

“Officers responded immediately and he was found safe and well a short time later.”

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