Three bodies found in water as police search for one more missing in Thames


As temperatures soar across the country, police issue a warning about the dangers of open water after several incidents.

Three bodies have been found after swimmers disappeared from the River Thames and a lake in Gloucestershire.

Police are still searching for one more person who went missing in the Thames.

The body of a 23-year-old man was recovered from the river at Shadwell Basin in Wapping, east London, and is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers were called shortly after 6pm after the man failed to resurface while swimming with friends.

Gloucestershire Police said the body of a man was pulled from the water at Cotswold Water Park, near Cirencester, shortly before 8.50pm.

He died at the scene.

The third body was found in the Thames near Kingston High Street, southwest London, on Wednesday evening.

The victim – a 47-year-old man – was last seen on Tuesday evening and police said his family has been informed about his death.

Officers are also searching a stretch of the river at Waterloo Bridge in central London after reports of a person in difficulty in the water at 8.30pm.

Temperatures in London exceeded 30C (86F) on Tuesday afternoon and the heatwave is expected to continue throughout the week.

Police in Greater Manchester have urged parents to warn their children of the dangers of open water after officers “dealt with two youngsters” in a river in Bury.

A post on the official police Twitter account for Bury North said: “Parents, during the hot weather and summer holidays, please be aware where your children are and advise them about the dangers of open water.

“Bury police have just dealt with two youngsters in the river. Both are safe and reunited with their parents.”

The warning comes less than a month after 12-year-old Shukri Abdi was found drowned in the River Irwell in Bury.


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