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Body of a man recovered from the Thames near Hampton Court

The body of man has been recovered from the Thames near Hampton Court.

A multi-agency response was launched following a call to a person in the water at 16:12hrs on Sunday, 14 August.

Officers from the South West Command Unit and Surrey Police responded and a search of the river began. They were assisted by the National Police Air Service, the London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service and the RNLI.

At around 22:30hrs the body of a man - believed to be aged in his early 20s - was recovered from the water by police divers.

His next of kin have been informed.

Superintendent Richard Smith, Acting Commander for the South West, said: “Our thoughts go out to the young man who has lost his life. Our officers worked incredibly hard with partner agencies but despite a rapid response he could not be rescued.

"We recently saw another tragic incident in which a young boy died after entering the Thames at Tagg's Island. I must again sadly reiterate the dangers the water poses.

"It may look appealing but the danger and risk of loss of life is incredibly real. Please do not enter the water at any point. The consequences are enormous and we do not want to see any more families having to suffer such terrible news."