UK heatwave: Five people die on hottest day of the year

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Salford Quays, Greater Manchester  (Matthew Waring / Unsplash)
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester (Matthew Waring / Unsplash)

Five people have died in water-related tragedies as Britons looked for ways to escape the heat on the hottest day of the year.

Emergency services saw a wave of incidents with people getting into trouble in water on Sunday when three teenagers and a man in his 50s drowned. A man also died falling from rocks in Dorset.

Temperatures across the UK soared on Sunday, with London reaching 31 degrees, prompting warnings from the Met Office.

Some swimmers lost their lives while others were reported missing across the country.


A teenage girl was pulled from Ducklington Lake in Witney on Sunday afternoon.

Despite being rushed to hospital, Thames Valley Police confirmed the girl tragically died. Her family have been informed and her death is being treated as non-suspicious and unexplained.

A spokesperson said: “Officers attended with both fire and ambulance services and the girl was brought from the water and taken to hospital. Tragically, the girl later died in hospital.

“We are very sorry to bring you this tragic news. Our thoughts are with the girl’s family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”

Greater Manchester

The body of a 19-year-old man was discovered by police after he disappeared at Salford Quays in Manchester.

Firefighters wearing diving equipment were seen heading into the waters as locals basked in the sunshine.

Officers were unable to revive the teenager who went missing on Sunday afternoon when temperatures reached 30 degrees.

“Sadly despite a rescue operation at Salford Quays this evening, a 19-year-old man has lost his life,” Greater Manchester Police tweeted.

“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends and the people who witnessed the tragic events.”

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A desperate search for another missing teenager was launched in Carlisle on Saturday.

Police found the body of a teenage boy who had vanished in the River Eden in Rickerby Park.

He was found at around 11.45am on Sunday following a report of concern for his welfare at around 9pm the previous day. Formal identification is yet to take place.


The body of a man in his 50s was recovered from the River Ouse in York on Sunday evening.

Kayakers contacted emergency services shortly before 5pm and police attended the scene near Water End Bridge alongside fire and ambulance services.

Officers believe they know the identity of the deceased but are awaiting confirmation.


Dorset Police said emergency services were called at 6.30pm on Sunday to reports that a man had fallen off rocks at Stair Hole near to Lulworth Cove in the Purbeck area.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his family have been informed, according to the force, which added that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Still missing

In West Sussex, a swimmer reportedly went missing on Saturday in Ardingly Reservoir.

Police searched the lake using drones, kayaks and helicopters before nightfall.

Meanwhile in Wakefield, an underwater search is being carried out at Pugneys Country Park following reports that a man was struggling in the water.

Emergency services were initially called to the scene close to the beach area shortly after 1pm on Sunday.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Emergency services attended and an initial search of the lake was carried out to no gain.

“Enquiries are continuing at the scene and an underwater search is now in progress.”

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