A boy, 9, has been rescued from the River Brent after becoming "stranded" in the water.

The child, who appeared to be stranded in the River Brent, which flows through Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow boroughs, had not been responding to police or passersby last Saturday (March 30).

Police Sergeant Yusuf Hassaniyeh, who had attended the river near Studland Road, Hanwell, with two colleagues, rescued the child after officers were called at around 3pm that day.

"We knew that every second counted, and we were determined to reach the child before it was too late," Sergeant Hassaniyeh said.

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The nine-year-old, having been rescued, was transferred to the care of London Ambulance Service personnel with the help of Police Community Support Officer James Tupman and PC Lee Dahir.

He has since been reunited with family members and did not suffer any ill-effects.

Acting Chief Inspector Jonathon Hubbard added: "We are immensely proud of their [officers'] actions, which may well have saved a child’s life.”