Several dead and missing in England's waterways during weekend heatwave

The River Ouse. Credit: PA

The weekend’s hot weather saw a number of people seeking places to cool off but at least six people died in incidents across the country and two others remain missing.

A teenage boy died in Carlisle after getting into difficulties, while there is an ongoing search for a missing man in his 30s who went swimming at Crummock Water in Cumbria.

The boy has since been formally identified as 16-year-old Mohammad Abdul Hamid from Carlisle.

In Oxfordshire a teenage girl died after being pulled from Ducklington Lake at 2.35pm on Sunday afternoon following concerns of someone in difficulties.

The girl was recovered from the water and was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital but later died.

Another teenager died at Salford Quays despite a rescue operation involving fire service boats, divers and under water cameras.

The male was located at 7.40pm, having been reported missing around three hours earlier.

Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP's Trafford district, said: "Sadly, this proves how dangerous going into unfamiliar water can be, especially when you can't see below the surface of what could be very cold water."

The body of a man in his 50s was recovered from the River Ouse, close to the Water End Bridge in York on Sunday evening.

Searches of the Ardingly Reservoir. Credit: ITV News Meridian

North Yorkshire Police tweeted: "Officers attended the scene, along with the fire and ambulance services, after being contacted by kayakers shortly before 5pm.

"While formal identification is yet to take place, we believe we know the identity of the deceased but are awaiting confirmation. His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this very sad time."

In North Devon, the body of a woman was pulled from the sea on Saturday.

The 61-year-old was pulled from the water at Croyde Beach at around 10.30am on July 17.

HM Coastguard and RNLI crews were called to the scene along with paramedics and police officers.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said "the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner".

The body of a man was also found in Sheffield at Crookes Valley Park. Emergency services were called to the park at 7:31pm after reports of a man getting into difficulty.

In West Sussex efforts are being made to find a 49-year-old man who went missing while swimming with friends at Ardingly Reservoir.