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Drowning death toll during 32C heatwave reaches 11 with boy, 15, dying in canal

Nearly a dozen people have drowned with a 15-year-old boy the latest victim as the nation sizzles in a deadly 32C heatwave.

The tragic deaths of the schoolboy as well as a woman aged in her 60s brings the death toll for those who have drowned to 11.

West Yorkshire Police said on Tuesday that the body of a 15-year-old boy was retrieved from a canal in Knottingley.

Officers launched an appeal for information after they were called to a report of a male in the water at about 5.28pm.

Det Ch Insp Tony Nicholson, said: “This has been a tragic incident in which a boy has sadly lost his life and I would like to advise people of the dangers posed by open water.

“Even on days as hot as we have had recently, canals can still be very cold and cold water can cause cramps in even the strongest swimmers.

Emergency services at the scene of a search at the River Weaver

“Currents created by boats and water movements around locks and weirs can also be dangerous. There may also be items lurking beneath the surface that could cause injury.”

Meanwhile, Cheshire Constabulary sadly confirmed that a body had been found in the hunt for a missing 16-year-old in Frodsham.

The body was recovered from the River Weaver at about 11.30am and while he has not been formally identified it is believed to be that of the missing boy.

Superintendent Alexander McMillan, from Cheshire Constabulary said: “This appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the boy’s family at this difficult time.”

Elsewhere, a woman who was pulled from the water at Axmouth Harbour on Sunday has died, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed.

The woman was in her 60s and was from Taunton, police said. Her death is not being treated as suspicious, and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

Emergency services at the scene of a search at the River Weaver
It comes as temperatures soar above 30C for many areas

The three latest confirmed deaths brings the tally to 11 as huge swathes of the nation sizzle in a 32C heatwave.

The Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning for many regions, urging people to take precautions in the high temperatures.

Others who have drowned in the hot weather over the weekend include a man whose body was recovered from water in a disused quarry in Dove Holes, Buxton, Derbyshire, just before 11pm on Sunday.

Emergency crews also discovered a body in the lake in Crookes Valley Park, South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Police said an underwater search team had recovered a body just before midnight.

It came after police were called to Ducklington Lake, in Witney, Oxfordshire where a girl was pulled from the water.

Thames Valley Police said the girl was taken to hospital but she later died.

West Yorkshire Police said a body was found in the water on Monday after a swimmer vanished while riding an inflatable unicorn.

In Cumbria, the body of 16-year-old Mohammad Abdul Hamid was recovered by emergency services from the River Eden in Carlisle.

On Monday night Greater Manchester Police said the body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from Salford Quays at about 7.40pm.

Ngapee Merenga is reported to have been swimming in the water with friends when he disappeared.

Elsewhere a man in his 50s was pulled from the River Ouse in York on Sunday when his body was spotted by kayakers near the Water End Bridge.

And on Saturday a man swimming in the sea near Blackpool, Lancashire, drowned.



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