Body found in search for missing boy, 8: 'Heartbreaking'

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The body of an eight-year-old boy has been recovered by divers on Sunday, a week after he went missing.

At around 9am on Sunday, October 10, emergency services were called to Fernhook Falls in North Walpole, in southern Western Australia, following reports of a missing eight-year-old boy.

The boy, named Sol, had been camping with his family in the area and reportedly went off to kayak alone.

Sol's body was found on Friday morning by a search team and a complex operation to retrieve his body commenced.

The extensive search for eight-year-old Sol has concluded. Source: 9News
The extensive search for eight-year-old Sol has concluded. Source: 9News

WA Police confirmed the eight-year-old's body was recovered on Sunday morning by police divers.

"The circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking incident will be subject of a report to the Coroner," Great Southern District Superintendent Kim Travers said in a statement.

Complex mission to retrieve boy's body

The Department of Fire and Emergency Service, State Emergency Service, St John Ambulance, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and Fugro, who provided the technical expertise and specialist underwater equipment, worked to retrieve Sol's body.

"The recovery would not have been possible without the mutual trust and respect of the family who have remained on site throughout this recovery operation," Supt Travers said.

It was previously revealed Sol had told his older brother he wanted to paddle through foam on the surface of the water but was told it was too dangerous.

Sol's body was retrieved from the water on Sunday, a week after be went missing at Fernhook Falls. Source: 9News
Sol's body was retrieved from the water on Sunday, a week after be went missing at Fernhook Falls. Source: 9News

"The brother has heard him call out for help and immediately rushed down the little track ... but he couldn't see his brother," Supt Travers said.

"What he did see was the little blue plastic kayak lodged in the tree that his brother had (carried) across."

A short time later, his father located the boy's jumper jammed underneath a rock.

"They are a loving, caring, very close-knit family. This is a significant trauma for them," Supt Travers said previously.

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