Massive police hunt is launched as girl, eight, vanishes in Scottish river

Tragedy as girl, 12, is found dead in Scottish river 'after falling in with another child' sparking huge search and rescue mission A 12-year-old died after falling into a river in Scotland today, police confirmed Police rushed to the area after two people went missing in water in Balloch   Girl was recovered from water at 9.45pm but pronounced dead at the scene

By Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline

Published: 21:39 BST, 9 August 2020 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 10 August 2020

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A 12-year-old has died after falling into a river in Scotland today, police have confirmed. 

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

One person was reportedly recovered safely, while the young girl, who was recovered from the water at 9.45pm, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.  

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: 'Around 6.45pm on Sunday, 9 August, police were called to a report of a 12 year-old girl in difficulty in the River Leven, near Balloch Bridge.

'Emergency services attended and searches were carried out. Around 9.45pm, the young girl was recovered from the water. Sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her relatives have been informed.

Emergency services, including a helicopter (pictured), rushed to the scene  in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, at 6.45pm today

Emergency services, including a helicopter (pictured), rushed to the scene  in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, at 6.45pm today

Police officers were joined by firefighters and members of the Coastguard in the search

Police officers were joined by firefighters and members of the Coastguard in the search

'Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident, but the death is not being treated as

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