Hottest day horror as man, 19, dies after getting into difficulty swimming in Salford Quays in front of shocked onlookers
A teenager has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Salford Quays this afternoon.
A huge rescue operation was launched after witnesses reported a 19-year-old man was struggling in the water in Greater Manchester at about 4.40pm.
Police, fire and ambulance crews rushed to the scene and boats were used to search the quays for the missing teenager.
After hours of searching, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a man had died.
In a statement, the force said: ‘At about 4.40pm today officers were called over concerns for a man in the water at Salford Quays.
A 19-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Salford Quays
‘North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service also attended but, sadly, the body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from the water at about 7.40pm.
‘An investigation is under way and a file passed to the coroner.’
Det Insp Helen Bagnall, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: ‘Firstly our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.
‘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.’