Emergency services are conducting an urgent search for a man reported missing in the River Thames near Shepperton last night (January 18).

Lifeboat crews joined emergency services after a man was reported to have entered the river near the Dockett Eddy Lane area of Shepperton.

Police said they were made aware of the situation around 10.42pm on Saturday and are helping organize and coordinate the search for the man.

"We were called to the Dockett Eddy Lane area of Shepperton at 10.42pm following a report that a man had entered the water from a moored boat.

"Officers, Surrey Search and Rescue, the National Police Air Service, the South East Coast Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service responded to the call and assisted with the initial search.

"The search has re-commenced today with a number of resources in the are," a spokesperson for Surrey Police said.

The police statement provided details of the most recent description of the missing person, who was last seen "wearing green camouflage trousers and a grey hooded top".

Meanwhile, Surrey Police asked residents to avoid speculation on social media and other channels while the search was ongoing.

Anyone with information is instead asked to contact the emergency services directly.

"We’re aware that there are reports on other social media pages and would ask that speculation is avoided while we continue to search for the man today," Surrey Police said.

"Anyone with any information should contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) and quote the reference number PR/45200007289.