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Body found in river in search for boy, 16, who disappeared during heatwave swim

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A body has been found in the search for a 16-year-old who disappeared after going for a swim.

The child went missing in the River Dee in Cheshire during the heatwave.

He was initially reported missing around 2.30pm on Thursday, July 22.

His family are now receiving support from specialist officers, Cheshire Live reported.

The force confirmed in a statement: "Extensive searches have been taking place throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

"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.

Superintendent Myra Ball added: “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.”

Earlier today, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) told the PA news agency that it is aware of 17 incidents of accidental loss of life across the country in the water between July 17 and July 20.

On July 21, a man tragically died after being pulled from the sea during a rescue operation at a beach.

Two other men in their 20s were rescued from the water at Crosby beach in Merseyside on Tuesday evening.

One has since been discharged from hospital, while the other remains in a critical but stable condition.

A member of the public called 999 after spotting five swimmers struggling in the water.

The victim's family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

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