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Boy, 15, found dead in river after going swimming during heatwave

The body of a 15-year-old boy has been recovered from a river in Derbyshire after he got into difficulty while swimming in the water during a heatwave on Tuesday.

Derbyshire Police said specialist teams from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at a stretch of the River Trent in Swarkestone.

The force said the boy’s body was recovered from the water just after 11.30am today.

His family have been made aware and trained officers are liaising with them, but formal identification has not yet taken place, police added.

The search began at 5.30pm yesterday afternoon with police officers, specialist search teams and fire crews at the scene.

The body of a 15-year-old boy has been recovered from the River Trent

A helicopter was also mobilised to the area last night to assist with the search operation.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police tweeted just before 10.30am this morning to say: “Emergency services are continuing to search a stretch of the River Trent near Swarkstone this morning.

“We were called around 5.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, July 20) following reports of a person in difficulty in the water. People are advised to avoid the area as there may be delays on roads.”

Emergency services were called to the area yesterday
Emergency services were called to the area yesterday

The boy was 'in difficulty' in the water
The boy was ‘in difficulty’ in the water

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