Friday, 12 August 2022

Body found in search for missing pensioner

Body found in search for missing pensioner

POLICE have recovered a body, believed to be that of pensioner Frederick Lawson, from the River Thames at Shiplake today (Friday).

Mr Lawson, 82, of Mill Lane, Shiplake, was reported missing on April 4.

He is believed to have left his home to check on his boat.

The body was discovered by a member of the public at about 10.40am.

A statement from Thames Valley Police said: “The body of a man has been found in the River Thames at Shiplake.

“The man is believed to be Frederick Lawson, who was reported missing this month, although formal ID is yet to take place.

“Mr Lawson’s family has been informed. Our thoughts remain with them at this time.”

The river was higher and flowing faster than usual at the time of Mr Lawson’s disappearance due to heavy rain in the days beforehand and a flood warning was issued on the morning he vanished.

Firefighters searched the river in a boat while police officers walked the towpath and other paths in the area. A police helicopter flew between Shiplake Lock and Marsh Lock for several hours to assist the search.

The rescue crews searched shallow areas close to the river near Mr Lawson’s home using metal poles to check below the surface.

Staff from the Environment Agency, which is responsible for the river, also helped, as well as specialist divers who searched the Thames.

For the full story see next week's Henley Standard.



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