& # 39; Our dear only child & # 39 ;: Family & # 39; s grief as a girl, nine, is wiped out until her death while she is fishing with her elderly relative on an infamous river
- Emily Branje and a 69-year-old man fell in the Hokitika river on Thursday
- Man was pulled out of the water by a member of the audience, but Emily remains missing
- Search parties, including a helicopter, traverse the coastline of the river
A young girl is feared to be dead after being swept away while she was white at the mouth of a notorious river.
Emily Branje, 9, has been missing since she and her older relative fell into the water on the Hokitika River in New Zealand on Thursday morning.
Emily & # 39; s family shared their heartache after hearing that their & # 39; precious only child & # 39; one day later still missing.
Emily Branje, 9, (photo) has been missing since she and an older man fell into the water on the Hokitika River in New Zealand on Thursday morning
& # 39; We were in shock and sadness following the news yesterday about our dear only child, Emily, & # 39; her family said in a statement.
& # 39; This is a tragic, incomprehensible time for us and we ask for privacy as we come to terms with what has happened. & # 39;
The 69-year-old man who was fishing with her was pulled out of the water on Thursday by a member of the public, but Emily remains missing.
Emily, who lives in Christchurch, stayed with her extended family on the river during her school vacations.
On Thursday around 9.45 am the police were called to the river.
On Thursday evening police investigations and rescue, Coast Guard, LandSAR, Maritime NZ and a rescue helicopter explored the river.
Search parties will continue to search the coastline on Friday morning, but due to the rough sea they cannot control the water.
A helicopter has also been sent to search more remote areas.
Police said they still supported Emily's family during the tragic circumstance.
The 69-year-old man, who also fell into the water, was withdrawn, but the police are still looking for Emily (photo: Hokitika River)
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