A student has disappeared after falling from Tower Bridge into the River Thames in London, his headmaster said.
The 8th grade Ark Globe Academy student reportedly traveled on a bus with a friend Tuesday morning but did not arrive at the school in south London.
In a letter to parents on Wednesday, headmaster Matt Jones said the boy was in full school uniform but got off near the bridge before normally stopping near the school at Elephant and Castle.
He then “fell” into the Thames, said Mr. Jones.
City of London Police confirmed they were conducting an investigation into a missing person linked to an incident in which a child fell from Tower Bridge into the river.
The force said that despite an “intensive search” by officers, helicopters and naval units, the boy had not yet been found.
Mr. Jones said in his letter: “It is with concern that I share news about (the student’s name) an eighth grade student at Ark Globe Academy.
“He didn’t go to school on the morning of April 20, although he was on a bus with a friend in full school uniform.
“He got off the bus near Tower Bridge in front of his usual bus stop near the Ark Globe Academy and fell into the Thames.
“Currently the police are treating this case as a missing person incident.”
Mr Jones said in a statement Friday that the student did not arrive at school on the morning of April 20.
He said, “This is obviously troubling news for family, friends, and the larger Ark Globe youth community.
“As a school community, we are sensitive to this so as not to compromise the integrity of the police investigation, and we want to respect the family’s privacy while the investigation is ongoing.
“Our hopes and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time.”
A spokesman for the City of London Police said the force was working with the City Police to investigate “missing people”.
The spokesman said, “We believe this is related to an incident where a child fell from Tower Bridge into the Thames.
“Despite an intensive search by the City of London Police, Police Helicopter and Navy units, this person has not yet been found.
“We ask everyone who has seen something on Tuesday, April 20th at 8.09 am to call us on 020 7601 2999, quoting the reference number 21000215310.”