Boy, 16, died after swimming in water at Salford Quays in 27C heatwave after desperate search launched | The Sun

A BOY has died after going for a swim at Salford Quays in Manchester after temperatures climbed to 27C.

Rescuers were yesterday called at around 6.15pm after passers-by spotted a struggling swimmer.



Police, firefighters and paramedics dashed to the scene.

Specialist search team was also deployed to scour the water.

However, their efforts ended in a tragic discovery.

Around three-and-a-half hours after the hunt began, Greater Manchester Police said crews had found the casualty's body.

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Today, a force spokesman revealed the body is believed to be that of a 16-year-old boy who was last seen struggling in the water after swimming with friends.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and the boy hasn't been named.

In a statement on Sunday, GMP said: "The body of a teenage boy has been recovered from Salford Quays after we were called to reports of a person getting into difficulty in the water yesterday, Saturday. Shortly after 6.15pm police were called and emergency service colleagues from GMFRS and NWAS attended.

"Sadly, a body was located in the water later that evening and was recovered by specialist partners overnight. Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the body is believed to be that of a 16-year-old boy who was last seen struggling in the water after swimming with friends.

"His family has been kept updated and are being supported by specially-trained officers at this extremely distressing time. Enquiries are ongoing but detectives from Swinton CID are – at this stage – confident that there aren’t any suspicious circumstances, and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

Firefighters had already been called to the spot earlier today to save a young swimmer in a separate incident.

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Officials at Salford Fire Team said earlier yesterday afternoon: "Crews have been at Salford Quays today, engaging with the public around staying safe in warmer weather.

"While speaking to the public, crews noticed a young person in difficulty in the water and quickly worked to rescue them using a throwline.

"We want to remind people to never be tempted to cool off by swimming in open water, or encourage your mates to jump into reservoirs, rivers, canals or ponds (or any other open water)."

The horror comes as the temperature rockets this weekend.

Ministers held an emergency Cobra meeting on Saturday after meteorologists warned of record high temperatures.

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The Met Office has issued a red "danger to life" weather warning ahead of a three-day scorcher starting on Sunday.

Brits around the country have flocked to parks and coasts to make the most of the roasting sunshine.

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