Body of boy, 16, found in water at Salford Quays after search

Emergency services were called at 6:15pm on Saturday but later found a body. Credit: MEN Syndication

The body of a 16-year-old boy has been found after a huge search by emergency services at Salford Quays.

Greater Manchester Police said a specialist search team had been deployed after reports of a person getting into difficulty in the water.

In a statement, the force said: "We were called at around 6.15pm to a report of a person getting into difficulty into the water at Salford Quays.

However, just after 10pm, police revealed a body had been found.

There has been no formal ID, but police believe it is the person emergency services have been searching for.

The boy's family are being supported by police.

The tragedy is the latest death at Salford Quays - and police and council bosses have again repeated an urgent warning for the public not to swim in the waters of the quays or jump off bridges.

Tributes have been left at the scene Credit: MEN Media

Detective Inspector Joanne Johnston, of Swinton CID, said: "Yesterday evening's events are nothing short of devastating and my thoughts are with the friends and family of the young boy who lost his life in such awful circumstances. We are doing all we can to support the boy's family at this incredibly difficult time, and we are focused on ensuring they get the answers they deserve as to how this tragedy occurred.

"From our enquiries so far, we are confident that there are no suspicious circumstances and that this is such a sad reminder of the dangers of entering open water, whatever the weather.

"We remind the public to avoid being tempted to cool off in reservoirs, rivers, canals or ponds. We all want to enjoy the warm weather; please make sure you do so in a safe way. Think of your family - look out for your friends."

Firefighters also revealed they helped a young person who had got into difficulty in the water at Salford Quays earlier today, in a separate incident.