Search underway for missing child

Rescuers gather near the boat ramp at Mill Race Park; WRB staff photo

Police and first responders are performing a water search for a six-year-old boy who was apparently swept away while swimming Thursday afternoon at Mill Race Park. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says the boy was playing with his family in the river when he got too far away and was swept up by the current. The search continues on the East Fork White River near downtown.

Our news-gathering partners at “The Republic” are reporting that the search includes a boat equipped with sonar, a helicopter and other personnel.

Mill Race Park has been closed. Authorities and park staff ask that you avoid the area so they can continue the search.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.