Body recovered from Rudyard Lake in search for missing teenager

A body has been recovered in the search for a teenager who went missing at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police was called to the beauty spot on Saturday night after three young men were spotted in the water.

Two of them managed to get out and were assessed by paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service. They were both taken to hospital.

Specialist teams spent the day searching the area, along with a number of volunteers from Staffordshire and Cheshire Search and Rescue Teams.

Rudyard Lake was closed on Sunday as emergency services carried out searches. Credit: BPM Media

Police say a body of a boy, 17, was recovered just after 5pm on Sunday (25 February).

The force says specialist officers have been deployed to support the boy's family at this deeply traumatic time.

The boy's death isn't being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Chief Inspector Mark Barlow, from the Moorlands local policing team, said: “Our thoughts and condolences are very much with the boy’s family at this distressing time.

“A large number of officers and emergency service personnel have been working around the clock and through the night since this was first reported to us.

“I’d like to thank the members of the public who respected the cordon and avoided the area whilst we worked at the scene.

“This is a tragic case and one which I know will cause a great deal of sorrow in the local community. Our priority now is about making sure we can do everything possible to support the boy’s family.”

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