Man dies after being found in River Mersey

HM Coastguard Search & Rescue at the Pier Head after a man was pronounced dead
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Emergency services descended on the Pier Head after a man was pulled from the Mersey.

Merseyside Police confirmed a man in his 70s was found in the river near Otterspool and transported to the Pier Head. Police were alerted at around 12.25pm today, July 4. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The force cordoned off an area of the waterfront just next to the Mersey Ferries Terminal during the incident. Photographs show marked police cars and HM Coastguard at the Pier Head several hours after the man was found.

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An eyewitness at the Pier Head described seeing police and coastguard rush down to the waterfront in the early afternoon. She then saw the coastguard boat heading across the Mersey.

Workers in a café overlooking the river were asked by police to move tables and chairs away from the the window "so they wouldn't have a view of what was going on".

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm that emergency services are currently in Otterspool and Liverpool Pier Head following a concern for safety of a man.

"The incident was reported at around 12.25pm today, Thursday 4 July, and officers, the ambulance service and the coastguard attended and a man aged in his 70s was found in the River Mersey near Otterspool and transported to the Pier Head.

"North West Ambulance attended and he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene."

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 384 of 4th July.

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