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Swimmer found in River Severn named, full report

The body of a 20-year-old has been recovered from the River Severn in Shropshire. Police divers were called to the scene, after reports of a man who got in difficulties yesterday afternoon.

It is the second water-related death since the hot spell began. Safety campaigners are urging people to think again before cooling off in lakes, quarries and rivers.

Karen Griggs reports.

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Dive team to assist search for swimmer

An underwater dive team from Avon and Somerset Police is on its way from Bristol to Bridgnorth to help search for a swimmer who went missing last night.

They will concentrate on a 100-metre stretch close to where the man was last seen near the old rowing club along the River Severn.

Experts say the water is 15 feet deep in places with strong currents.

"Police officers resumed the search at first light today and a police dive team from Avon and Somerset is travelling to Bridgnorth to assist.”

– Inspector Mark Reilly, West Mercia Police

Police have previously warned of the dangers of swimming in rivers, quarry pools and lakes during the hot weather.

“We would again urge people not to be tempted. Such waters may appear inviting but can be extremely dangerous, often with strong currents or hidden obstacles”.

– Inspector Mark Reilly, West Mercia Police

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