Search for man missing off Gravesend stood down

Gordon Promenade, Gravesend
Image caption The man went missing off Gordon Promenade in Gravesend

The search for a man who went missing in the sea after he went to rescue a child has been stood down.

A member of the public reported a man and young girl in difficulty just off Gordon Promenade in Gravesend, Kent just after 15:30 BST on Sunday.

Four people went into the water to help the pair. The girl was saved but the man disappeared under the water.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said discussions were under way about whether to carry out another search.

The search continued at low water during the night, and again at low water on Monday afternoon, but the man has not been found.

The RNLI, the Port of London Authority, Metropolitan Police officers, the Essex Police helicopter, Sheppey and Medway Coastguard, and the Kent Police launch boat were among those involved in the search.

Philip Myers, London Coastguard watch manager, said it was "increasingly looking like a tragic accident".

He said everyone involved did everything they could to find the missing man.

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