Body found during search for missing teenager in River Dee

Rescuers found the body of a 16-year-old boy who went missing after swimming in the River Dee.

The 16-year-old was reported missing at around 2.30pm on Thursday, July 22 after he disappeared while swimming in the River Dee at Handbridge, Chester.

Extensive searches had taken place throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

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A police helicopter was circling the area up and down the river along with a search and rescue team, while air ambulance, ambulance, police and fire crews are in attendance.

The riverbank and Queens Park suspension bridge was also closed during the search.

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Police have now confirmed search teams found a body in the river shortly before 8pm.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but it is believed to be that of the missing boy.

The teenager’s family have been informed and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

Superintendent Myra Ball said: “Sadly this is the second river death that we have seen this week in the county. This appears to be another tragic accident and our thoughts are with the boy’s family at this very difficult time.”

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