Body of boy, 16, recovered from Salford Quays as police warn of 'dangers of open water'

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The body of a 16-year-old boy who was swimming with friends has been recovered from Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, police have said.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Media City at about 6.15pm on Saturday.

A body was "located in the water" later in the evening and "recovered by specialist partners overnight", Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

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While formal identification is yet to take 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", officers added.

The teenager's family has been informed and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Detective Inspector Joanne Johnston said she was "confident that there are no suspicious circumstances" - adding that the incident is a "sad reminder of the dangers of entering open water, whatever the weather".

GMP is urging the public to "avoid being tempted to cool off in reservoirs, rivers, canals or ponds".

Salford fire team officers were at the Quays on Saturday to speak to members of the public about staying safe in warmer weather.

Earlier in the day, crew members rescued a young person who was having difficulty in the water.

"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)," they tweeted.

Meanwhile, police in West Yorkshire were called to Ardsley Reservoir on Saturday afternoon amid reports of a person in difficulty.

Emergency services are continuing to search the reservoir after a man was seen entering the water yesterday evening.

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Earlier in the week, a 24-year-old woman died after paddleboarding off Conwy Morfa beach in North Wales, while last weekend a teenager died in an incident at a quarry in Wigan.

Following the teenager's death, North West Ambulance Service shared a warning about the "hidden dangers of inviting water".

The new health secretary has said new measures including extra working hours for ambulance crews are being put in place as the UK faces its first national heatwave emergency.

Steve Barclay said the additional support, which also includes more call handlers, is being activated on Monday and Tuesday.

Almost all of England is now covered by a Met Office amber heat warning, which will extend to Wales and southern Scotland from Monday until Tuesday.

And temperatures are set to intensify, with the UK's first-ever red warning covering a large part of England, from London to Manchester and York, on Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures could soar as high as 40C (104F) in London on Tuesday as health officials warn of the dangers of extreme heat.

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