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Teenage boy dies playing in river amid soaring temperatures

Published 20/07/2016

Police were called shortly before 5.45pm on Tuesday to the River Etherow, near Broadbottom Road in Hyde
Police were called shortly before 5.45pm on Tuesday to the River Etherow, near Broadbottom Road in Hyde
Greater Manchester Police confirmed the body of a teenager was pulled from a river in Hyde

A 16-year-old boy has died in a river after playing in the water with friends as temperatures soared.

The boy's body was recovered from the River Etherow near Hyde, Greater Manchester, on Tuesday - the hottest day of the year so far.

Police said the water where the friends were playing appeared calm and shallow but may have masked hazards below.

Emergency services were called shortly before 5.45pm and found the body of the boy. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and n o-one else was taken to hospital.

Detective Inspector Andy Sandiford, of Greater Manchester Police's Tameside borough, said: "We have launched an investigation into this tragic incident, which appears to have begun with a group of friends playing in the river on a hot summer's day.

"While we don't yet know for sure what happened, we understand the water appeared calm and shallow, but there may have been strong undercurrents and hidden hazards beneath the surface.

"A team of detectives are investigating the incident and have concluded that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the boy's death.

"The family of the boy are being supported by specially trained officers during this difficult time."

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