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Massive police hunt begins when an eight-year-old girl disappears in the Scottish River


Massive police hunt begins when an eight-year-old girl disappears in the Scottish River

  • Urgent search underway after an eight-year-old girl disappears in the Leven River
  • Police rushed to the area after two people disappeared in the water in Balloch
  • Have been able to recover one person but are still looking for the missing child

An urgent police search has opened after an eight-year-old girl disappeared in a river in Scotland today.

Police and emergency services, including a helicopter, rushed to the River Leven in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire at 6.46pm to report that two people were missing in the water.

While officers could Find one person safely, the police are still looking for the missing child.

The police officers were joined by firefighters and members of the coast guard on the ongoing rescue mission.

Emergency services, including a helicopter (pictured), rushed to the scene at 6:45 p.m. today in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire

Police officers were assisted in the ongoing search by firefighters and members of the Coast Guard

Police officers were assisted in the ongoing search by firefighters and members of the Coast Guard

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were informed of reports from a person in the water in Balloch at 6.46pm on Sunday 9 August.

Operations Control mobilized two devices and two water rescue units to the scene at the Balloch Bridge.

"Firefighters are currently staying on site to help their rescue service partners."

West Dunbartonshire Police confirmed today that the routes near Balloch Road were closed.

A helicopter flies over the Leven River in Balloch as police desperately try to find the missing girl

A helicopter flies over the Leven River in Balloch as police desperately try to find the missing girl

West Dunbartonshire Police warned motorists that the routes near Balloch Road have been closed

West Dunbartonshire Police warned motorists that the routes near Balloch Road have been closed

In a statement on Twitter, police said: Motorists are being told that Balloch Road is currently closed between the A82 roundabout and Carrochan Road in Balloch due to an ongoing police incident on the Leven River.

"Please use an alternative route."

MailOnline has contacted Police Scotland for a comment.

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