At the Bubendey-Ufer ferry terminal in Finkenwerder, a large-scale police operation has been looking for a boy who is said to have fallen into the Elbe since Tuesday morning. According to the Hamburg police, passers-by watched shortly before noon as the boy, who had arrived at the station himself by ferry, fell into the water. According to the Federal Institute for Hydrology, the Elbe in Hamburg is currently about five degrees cold.
The eyewitnesses apparently tried to get the ten to twelve-year-old child out of the water, but without success. The boy was pulled into the middle of the river by the strong current. According to reports from the helpers, he went under and did not reappear. According to the Hamburg fire brigade, the current was particularly strong at this point because the change from low tide to high tide had just started.
The police and fire brigade were in action for hours with a large contingent, including boats and a rescue helicopter. Both divers in the water and officials ashore searched for the boy. The operation ended around 4 p.m. Until recently, police divers were on duty at the scene of the accident to find the boy. Attempts are now being made to clarify the identity of the boy, who was apparently traveling on the ferry unaccompanied. The first responders received psychological support.