A desperate police search for a missing two-year-old girl ended in tragedy when her body was found by police divers overnight.
The girl was crabbing with her family under the Mandurah Estuary Bridge when she fell into the water about 8pm.
A wide search included three boats from the water police and Sea Search and Rescue, while police officers patrolled the shore.
The police dive squad arrived at 11.30pm and the girl’s body was discovered in the water about an hour later.
A police spokesman told ABC radio the girl’s family were from Perth and were visiting Mandurah when they decided to go crabbing.
“They were fishing and they noticed their two-and-a-half-year-old was missing,” he said.
“They began a frantic search but I understand they don’t speak much English and it was left up to a passerby to call police and alert police.
“A search began immediately but hopes were fading pretty quickly when she wasn’t found straight away.”
The divers who recovered the girl’s body will be offered counselling today.
Sgt Peter Bahen said police had been inundated with people eager to help after they had heard about the missing girl on social media.Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
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