Missing Perth teenager named as Mateusz Wilamowski

Mateusz Wilamowski An extensive search has so far found no trace of trace Mr Wilamowski

Police have identified a 16-year-old boy who was swept into the River Tay in Perth as Mateusz Wilamowski.

About 30 people have been carrying out a second day of searches for the teenager, including a specialist diving team and the police helicopter.

The alarm was raised by his friends after Mr Wilamowski got into difficulties trying to cross the river at North Muirton at 19:20 on Sunday.

Efforts to trace him have so far been unsuccessful.

Mr Wilamowski, who has lived locally with relatives since arriving from Poland in May, had been with two friends and was in the water near the Woody Islands and North Muirton when he disappeared.

River search

Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, supported by a rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth, were involved in the search on Sunday evening.

The operation on Monday involved the police and fire services as well as the Police Scotland helicopter and a specialist team of police divers from Glasgow.

The police search and rescue unit in Tayside and the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team were also involved.

Searches were carried out along the river bank and around the islands.

Helicopter over River Tay The alarm was raised after the 16-year-old got into difficulties in the River Tay at North Muirton

Meanwhile, police have been checking the River Garnock at Kilbirnie in North Ayrshire after a child reported that a girl of about 10 years of age, with long dark hair and glasses, was in the water.

Police said they were taking the sighting seriously, but no-one had been reported missing.

A Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick spent around three hours searching the riverbank for the girl.

Search teams on foot scoured the stretch of river, but found nothing. The Police Scotland helicopter was also involved.

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