Missing child dies after being found near White Cliffs of Dover and rushed to hospital

5 April 2022, 13:30 | Updated: 5 April 2022, 15:32

Emergency services, including a coastguard helicopter, attended the scene (stock image)
Emergency services, including a coastguard helicopter, attended the scene (stock image). Picture: Alamy

By Daisy Stephens

A child has died after they were found near the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Police were called to the beauty spot in Swingate on Monday evening.

Paramedics and coastguard teams also attended.

The child was rushed to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

No further details about the incident or the child have been released.

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Emergency services were called to the scene near Swingate, Dover, on Monday at around 5.50pm.

Photos from the scene show the huge response, with a coastguard helicopter flying overhead and police using torchlight.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police, HM Coastguard and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended an area near Swingate, Dover on the evening of Monday, April 4.

"A child was taken to a local hospital, where they were pronounced deceased.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner."

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "HM Coastguard has been co-ordinating the response after a child was reported missing at Langdon Battery near Dover.

"Deal and Margate coastguard rescue teams were sent along with Walmer RNLI lifeboat, Kent Police, Helimed and South East Coast Ambulance.

"HM Coastguard's search and rescue helicopter was also sent. The child was found and then airlifted by the helicopter and handed into the care of the ambulance service."