Body found in search for teenager who went missing in River Thames

UK

A body has been found in the search for a teenager who went missing in the River Thames near Lechlade-on-Thames.

Police were called at around 10pm on Sunday after a 17-year-old boy failed to resurface after going into the water in the River Thames near Lechlade-on-Thames in Gloucestershire.

A group of five people had been at the location together on Sunday night and some had entered the water to try and find him. The others are accounted for.

Officers searched for the boy with the help of the National Police Air Service, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Severn Area Rescue Association and Wiltshire Search & Rescue.

Lechlade-on-Thames

Officers were also seen searching the water and park with torches. A helicopter was seen circling above the area on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Searches continued on Monday and a body has been recovered from the river by specialist police divers from Avon and Somerset Police.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the boy’s next of kin have been informed.

Gloucestershire Constabulary said its thoughts are with the boy’s family and friends at this distressing time.

The death is currently not being treated as suspicious.

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