Thames Valley Police have confirmed that a 15 year old Oxford boy has drowned after he jumped from the Donnington Bridge into the River Thames in Oxford.
It appears that the boy jumped from the bridge with a friend as a way of cooling down due to the hot weather.
Eye witnesses say that it took the boy a "long time to resurface before starting to cry for help".
Around 20 people swam across to him but were unable to locate him because of the poor visibility.
Local sea cadets, ambulance crews and fire fighters searched for 2 hours before finding him.
The emergency service says that despite the recent hot weather no one should attempt to swim in the River Thames in Oxford which can be extremely dangerous. Officer spent two hours searching for a teenage boy in the river at Donnington bridge yesterday.
– Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson
"When crews arrived there were several people in the water bravely trying to rescue this man, unfortunately they couldn’t get him out, we searched for two hours using the fire service rescue boat and specialist fire & rescue teams in the water. The teenager was located but sadly he was declared dead upon arrival to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.
In this hot weather it can be very tempting to cool down by taking a swim in the river, the unseen hazards make this very dangerous and we would always recommend a supervised pool with a lifeguard on duty."
A teenage boy has drowned after getting into difficulty on the River Thames in Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service were called to the Donnington Bridge in the city yesterday evening and deployed spotters along the river.
The rescue boat from Kidlington recovered the boy who was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Sadly he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.