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
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
"It's very traumatic. We all have kids. It hits home."
He said his message to beachgoers was "play safe and be
"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.