A large cordon was set up at Salford Quays this afternoon as crews worked to rescue the teen
Minutes later police in North Yorkshire announced they had recovered a body from the River Ouse after being called for help by kayakers.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘Sadly, the body of a man in his 50s was recovered from the River Ouse, close to the Water End Bridge in York this evening (18 July).
‘Police attended the scene, along with the fire and ambulance services, after being contacted by kayakers shortly before 5pm.
‘His next of next of kin have been informed and police have said that their thoughts are with them at this very sad time.’
Thames Valley Police (TVP) then confirmed that a teenage girl had been brought from the water in Witney, near Oxford.
‘As you might be aware, our officers attended Ducklington Lake, in Witney at 2.35pm today after a fear for welfare report concerning a teenage girl in the water,’ TVP West Oxon tweeted.
‘Officers attended with both fire and ambulance services, and the girl was brought from the water and taken to hospital. Tragically, the girl later died in hospital.
‘The girl’s family have been informed, and are being closely supported by specially trained officers. The death is being treated as unexplained and non-suspicious, and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
‘We are very sorry to bring you this tragic news. Our thoughts are with the girl’s family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.’
The summer heat tempted thousands of swimmers to cool off in the sea, a lake, or other waterways, however experts urged caution.
The Canal and Rivers Trust ‘strongly advised’ against going into water, as ‘there are too many risks that you can’t see hidden below the surface’.
The trust said deeper water poses its own serious dangers in rivers and canals, and can be much harder to get out of if you can’t put your feet on the ground.
Rivers, docks, and quays tend to be much deeper than canals.
It warned that even on hot days like today, ‘inland water will be colder than you think’, the trust says, with reservoirs and docks particularly susceptible to cold temperatures as they’re deeper.
Low temperatures can cause the blood to rush away from muscles to protect the organs and limbs and muscles may become fatigued quickly – this can lead to drowning.