Police dive teams search Hanham Lock after local man Mike Doherty goes missing
Police dive teams have spent the weekend searching Hanham Lock after a man went missing after drinking with friends on Thursday night.
Mike Doherty, who is in his 60s, was last seen with friends in the Chequers pub on Thursday evening, but has not been seen since.
It is believed that he tried to get back onto his boat nearby, as some of his possessions were found on the bank.
Police believe he may have fallen into the river.
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Police dive teams went into the water twice over the weekend and local boats were also out searching.
Local people say the river was flowing hard that night and with high tides it was about five feet higher than normal.
Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: "On Friday a man in his 60s was reported missing from his boat, which was moored off Castle Farm Road and Ferry Road.
"Police attended the scene and a missing person investigation was launched.
"It is believed that the man may have fallen into the river.
"Police teams have searched the river and the banks.
Local lock keeper Trevor Skoyles said Mr Doherty has lived in the area alone on his boat for six months and is well-known.
He said local people were being "realistic" about what may have happened.
"It doesn't look good for him," he said. "There is a real sadness in the community.
"I was first made aware of it on Friday night. There were searches on Friday and then from first thing on Saturday we searched from Netham Lock to his boat."