Body is found in hunt for missing teenager who failed to resurface while playing in the River Thames with friends
- Police have found a body in the search for a missing 17 year old boy
- The boy failed to resurface while playing in the river near Lechlade on Thames
Police have found a body in the hunt for a missing a 17 year old boy who failed to resurface while playing in the River Thames
Gloucestershire Police found the boy after the teenager was reported missing at 10pm on Sunday, while playing in the river near Lechlade on Thames.
Emergency services launched an overnight search for the boy before specialist search teams joined the hunt this morning after emergency services failed to find him overnight.
Searches continued on Monday and a body has been recovered from the river by specialist police divers from Avon and Somerset Police.
The boy had been with four other friends by the River Thames in Lechalde, at the southern edge of the Cotswold’s.
Police have found a body after the boy disappeared in Lechlade on Thames on Sunday night
Gloucestershire Police began searching the River Thames after the boy was reported missing
Specialist teams launched a fresh search on Monday morning
Police said members of the group had entered the water to try and find the missing teenager. All other members of the group are now accounted for.
A Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.03pm by the coastguard to reports that some teenagers, believed to be aged about 17, had been playing in the river at Lechlade and one hadn’t resurfaced.
“We assisted the search by sending three crews from Fairford, Gloucester South and Tewkesbury along with boat crews.
“We liaised with coastguards and the police who were coordinating the search and came away from the scene at about 4am.”
Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the boy’s next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by trained officers.
Emergency services failed to find the missing boy after carrying out searches on Sunday night
The boy failed to resurface while playing in the river near Lechlade on Thames
Gloucestershire Constabulary has said its thoughts are with the boy’s family and friends at this distressing time. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.
Officers searched for the boy with the help of the National Police Air Service, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Severn Area Rescue Association and Wiltshire Search & Rescue.
Residents who live near the incident told the PA news agency police launched a rescue boat from Lechlade marina and slowly searched the water.
Officers were seen searching the water and park with torches last night.
A helicopter was seen circling above the area on Sunday night and Monday morning.
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