Search under way for child missing in Balloch

Daniel Harkins, PA Scotland
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Police, the fire service and the coastguard are searching for a missing child in the water in the west of Scotland.

Emergency services were alerted at 6.46pm and remain near the River Leven in Balloch.

Police said they were currently conducting a search for a child in the water.

In a statement on Twitter, West Dumbartonshire Police said: “Officers in Dunbarton are currently dealing with an ongoing police incident near Balloch Bridge.

“Whilst inquiries are carried out the Balloch Road, between the junctions at Ben Lomond Way and Dalvait Road, is closed.

“We would ask the public to please avoid the area where possible.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We were alerted at 6.46pm on Sunday, August 9 to reports of a person in the water in Balloch.

“Operations control mobilised two appliances and two water rescue units to the scene at Balloch Bridge.

“Firefighters currently remain on the scene working to assist their emergency service partners.”

A spokesman for the the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “At 7.09pm this evening we were asked (by the police) to send the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick to assist Police Scotland at a search at Balloch, Loch Lomond.

“This search is ongoing.”