Girl, 12, who died after jumping into river during heatwave is named

Yahoo Staff Writer
An image of the River Irwell in North West England.

A 12-year-old girl who died after jumping into the River Irwell in Greater Manchester has been named.

Somalian refugee Shukri Yahya Abdi, one of five children to a family new to the country, was last seen in the river near Dunster Road, Bury, at 7.55pm on Thursday evening.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service the girl had been with two friends.

An underwater search team discovered the body of the girl, while police have confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Shukri's uncle said she "could not swim" (SKY NEWS)

Greater Manchester Police issued a warning about the dangers of open water swimming during the hot weather.

The girl's uncle, Mustaf Omar, told Sky News: "She was a sweet innocent child, she stayed at home helped her mum 24/7.

"Everything about it is out of character for her - for her to come out and play out on the river; she can't swim."

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“Her mum is destroyed, absolutely destroyed, she is in shock, she doesn't know what has happened, she doesn't know why....she is just heartbroken."

Hot weather will hit the UK this weekend, with temperatures expected to hit a maximum of 34C (93.2F) in London and the east of England on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith, of GMP's Bury district, said: "This is an incredibly tragic incident in which a young girl has lost her life, and my thoughts are with her family at this devastating time.

Disused aqueduct that used to carry the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal over the river Irwell

"We have a team of detectives working on this, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this time.

"With the warmer weather, it's tempting to go into the water to cool off.

"I'd like to remind everyone of the dangers of playing near or swimming in rivers, lakes and reservoirs and would strongly urge against this."

Anyone with information should contact 0161 856 8172 quoting reference number 2154 of 27/06/19 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.