Body pulled from River Thames after man disappeared under water

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The man went under the water in a part of the River Thames near Shepperton (Creative Commons )
The man went under the water in a part of the River Thames near Shepperton (Creative Commons )

A body has been pulled from the River Thames after a search for a man who disappeared under water.

Emergency services were called to a part of the water near a Desborough Sailing Club in Shepperton, Surrey on Thursday evening after 8pm following reports the man had gone underwater but did not resurface.

Surrey Police has said the death is being treated as “unexplained” and do not believe anyone else was involved.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said: “Members of the public reported that a man had gone under water in the river but had not resurfaced.

“There was a large emergency services presence at the scene including police, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, a dive team and Surrey Search & Rescue.

“Sadly a man’s body was recovered from the river the early hours of this morning (12 August). His next of kin are aware and are being supported by specially trained officers.

“We are treating the death as unexplained, but do not believe at this stage that there was anyone else involved. A file will be prepared and passed to the coroner.

Desborough Sailing club, based on the River Thames, offers multiple water activities to its members including canoeing and kayaking.

The Independent has approached the club for comment on the incident.