Body of five-year-old recovered from water

The body of a five-year-old boy who vanished in a river in Sydney's south has been recovered by police.

The boy had been playing in the water with his older brother at a popular picnic spot between Botany Bay and the Georges River at Dolls Point yesterday when he disappeared under the waves about 3.45pm.

Other witnesses said the boys had waded into the water outside a netted-off swimming area when the youngest was swept away by a strong current.

A massive search effort involving local police, water police, PolAir, the State Emergency Service (SES) and the Westpac rescue helicopter was launched on Sunday afternoon, and resumed on Monday morning.

Botany Bay water police coordinator, Senior Sergeant Brett Prentice, said the boy's body was found by police divers soon after the search resumed on Monday, at around 10am.

"The visibility was very poor, down to about a metre, and very strong currents, that had quite an impact (on the search)," he told reporters outside the Georges River Sailing Club.

He said the boy's body was found several metres from the shoreline in water about 4.8 metres deep.

"It was a very deep drop-off," he added.

St George Local Area Commander Superintendent Dave Donohue said he had informed the boy's mother after police divers found the body.

"She's very devastated as you would expect," Superintendent Donohue said.

"It's very traumatic. We all have kids. It hits home."

He said his message to beachgoers was "play safe and be safe".

"You need to understand the conditions you're swimming in, and no matter you go where there's water (have) good supervision of your children," he said.

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