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Appeal after young man's body pulled from river

The scene on Welsh Back where the man's body was pulled from the river Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for information into how a man who died in the River Avon came to be in the water.

The body has not yet been formally identified, but police say it is a man in his 20s.

Police say they want to hear from anyone who was near the Welsh Back by the Aqua restaurant late on the night of Friday 5 February who saw the man enter the water.

This is a tragic incident which has resulted in a young man’s death.

– Inspector Shaun Finn, Avon and Somerset Police

He added that although trips and falls do happen, people are "strongly advised" not to deliberately go into the water.

What might seem like a harmless dip can go horribly wrong very quickly.”

– Inspector Shaun Finn, Avon and Somerset Police

"The water at this time of year can be icy cold and can be very dangerous to even the young and fit."

“The cold water can really shock the body in a matter of seconds making it extremely difficult to swim or stay afloat."


Two arrests after man's body found in River Avon

The body of a man in his 20s was found in the River Avon, in the Hanham area of Bristol.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in the River Avon.

The man, who was in his 20s, was recovered in the Hanham area of Bristol by the police's underwater search team on Wednesday.

His death is being treated as unexplained - and police are keen to hear from anyone who was in Hanham near the river yesterday afternoon, who may be able to help.

The man and woman arrested are being questioned by police and remain in custody.

Elderly woman rescued from River Avon with possible hypothermia

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to reach the woman. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

A woman in her seventies has been rescued from the River Avon in Bristol.

Firefighters, police, paramedics and the RNLI joined forces this morning after reports of a woman at the Cumberland Basin.

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to paddle to the woman, who was found on a mudbank near Bedminster Bridge.

She was hospitalised with suspected hypothermia.

Safety railings to go up beside the River Avon in Bath

Temporary railings beside the River Avon will be replaced with permanent ones Credit: ITV News

Permanent railings are being installed along part of the River Avon in Bath today.

It comes after a number of deaths in the river in recent years. Most recently Sam Amin, who drowned in the river after a night out with friends in the city in September. He was the fourth person to die in the Avon in 2014.

Woman rescued from the River Avon in Bath

Pulteney Weir in Bath earlier today Credit: ITV News

Fire crews have rescued a woman from the River Avon in Bath. They were alerted by police at 6am this morning who spotted the woman, who is in her 20s, clinging to a small island to the south of Pulteney Weir.

They used an inflatable rescue sled to take her to dry land where she was met by paramedics who administered first aid and took her to hospital.


Police divers find suspected WWII bomb in Bath

Divers have found what may be an unexploded bomb on the bed of the River Avon in Bath.

The mystery object was spotted in the river by Environment Agency workers who had been scanning the riverbed near Argos, by the junction of Upper Bristol Road and Midland Road.

Photos are being taken of the object by police divers. The bomb squad will then examine the images to decide if they are a bomb and act accordingly.

Avon and Somerset police officers are assisting at the scene.

No roads have been closed while the investigation takes place

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