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River Trent, Swarkestone, Fatal Incident

The body of a 15 year old boy has been recovered from the River Trent at Swarkestone following an extensive search and rescue effort by emergency services.

Firefighters were called to the river just off Swarkestone Bridge shortly after 17.30 hours on Tuesday 20 July following reports of a young male getting into difficulty swimming in the river.

Area Manager Clive Stanbrook said: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that earlier this morning the body of a 15 year old boy was recovered from the River Trent near to Swarkestone Bridge. I would like to extend the thoughts and sympathy of everyone at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and all involved in the incident, to the family and friends of the deceased at this distressing time.

“Tragically this is the second water related death in Derbyshire in a matter of days.  On Monday we confirmed the death of a male who had got into difficulty at a Quarry in the north of the County bringing the total number of people nationally who have lost their lives in water over the last four days to 13, with a further 3 ongoing searches and 5 people hospitalised.

“Sadly, these incidents underline why we continue to warn people of the dangers of entering unknown water. Cold water shock, hidden debris and strong currents can cause even the strongest swimmer to get into difficultly.”

No further information is available.