LiveMissing George Pugh-Sargent, 11, found after huge search

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Summary

  • George Pugh-Sargent from Frampton near Dorchester was reported missing at around 1.30pm today from Ringstead Bay.
  • A huge search of Ringstead Bay and Osmington involving 25 police officers, the police helicopter and coastguards was launched.
  • Police said they were becoming 'increasingly concerned' as the weather worsens.
  • A call was received from a member of the public saying they had found a child down a hole in their garden.
  • George's mother went with officers to investigate and confirmed the child was George.

9:22pm

We will have a full story for you on the website as soon as possible about the rescue mission. 

Thank you to everyone who shared this live blog via social media and helped police locate George. 

9:02pm

Lee has spoken to Rob Sansom, coastguard operations manager.

George was found after a home-owner read the story on the Dorset Echo and thought they had better check their garden.

George was found an eight-foot drainage ditch. He is safe and well. 

His family do not want to comment at this time. 

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Sgt Woodward has said he will give the Echo an update on George's condition as soon as possible.

7:57pm

His mother went with officers to identify George, who was found down a hole in a garden. 

Sgt Woodward said George appears to be uninjured but they are just getting him out of the hole and will check him over to be certain.

7:55pm

GOOD NEWS: George has been found.

7:45pm

Officers are heading to an address to investigate further. 

We will bring you an update as soon as we can.

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BREAKING NEWS: Police are investigating a report from a member of the public that they have found a child down a hole in their garden.

More to follow.

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Here is a statement from Sergeant Justin Woodward, who is coordinating the search team.

Sgt Woodward said: "We will be conducting a close area search starting from the point where George went missing, making sure we cover all of the footpaths and the known areas where he may have gone to.

"The coastguards will search the coastal paths and the beaches, and we will also have police officers posted at certain points along the footpaths to ask ramblers and dog walkers if they have seen anything.

"The conditions are very bad, but we have the experts search and rescue team here so the search will go on into the night, but we would like to ask members of the public not to come because of the conditions.

"The main thing is to find this boy, so we will keep searching until he is found or until it becomes impossible for us to carry on."

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It is understood search teams are unable to use a helicopter to conduct thermal imaging because conditions are too poor.

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Here is a video with Insp Colin Bell talking about the search

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Dorset Echo:

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Dorset Echo:

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Here are some images from the search

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It's understood that the search area is going to move across towards Weymouth shortly.

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You can read everything we know so far here

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Reporter Lee Irving is on the scene of the search. 

He has spoken to Insp Colin Bell of Dorset Police. 

Insp Bell said officers are becoming increasingly concerned for George's welfare. 

He has camped at the area before and knows it quite well. 

George was walking along the coast path with his family when he ran off at around 1.30pm today. 

There have been two sightings at Ringstead Bay but George is described as quite fit and officers are unsure how far he could have walked. 

5:58pm

George is described as white, five feet three inches tall with short blond hair. 

He is wearing an Hawaiin t-shirt, black shorts with braces, sandals and a gem stone bracelet. 

Anyone who sees George is urged to call 999.

Comments (3)

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7:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jamie-c says...

i hope they find him, having a son myself kind of hits home when things like this happen, i get scared when my boy disappears to the toy aisle in asda so i dread to think how his parents feel! postitive thoughts going out for his safe finding
i hope they find him, having a son myself kind of hits home when things like this happen, i get scared when my boy disappears to the toy aisle in asda so i dread to think how his parents feel! postitive thoughts going out for his safe finding jamie-c
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7:48pm Mon 1 Sep 14

familyfirst says...

Why cant the public help?
Why cant the public help? familyfirst
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8:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Witch Hazel says...

Well thats a great relief to everyone.... George found and appears to be uninjured... lets all hope he is well and no worse for whatever had happened.
Well thats a great relief to everyone.... George found and appears to be uninjured... lets all hope he is well and no worse for whatever had happened. Witch Hazel
  • Score: 10
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