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UK heatwave: 16 dead since last weekend | Weather | News

Yesterday water safety experts pleaded with people not to venture into potentially hazardous open water in the heat. In Derbyshire yesterday the body of a 15-year-old boy was recovered from the River Trent near Swarkestone. Specialist police teams were called on Tuesday night after reports of a youngster in difficulty in the water.

In West Yorkshire, police confirmed that Caden Taylor, 15, had been found dead in a canal in Knottingley, at 6pm on Tuesday.

Last night in the Lake District, police found a man in his 30s in Brothers Water. The man, from Newcastle, was with a group when he vanished on Tuesday evening.

Also in the Lakes, divers were still searching Crummock Water, near Buttermere, after a 30-year-old man from London went missing last Friday.

Lee Heard, from the Royal Life Saving Society, said: “The difference between the air temperature and water temperature can literally take your breath away…it is silent, invisible and deadly.

“Water can also hide debris, strong currents and sudden changes in depth that can catch out even the strongest swimmers.”

On Saturday in Blackpool, Lancashire, a 29-year-old man from Bolton drowned in the sea and on the same day, the body of Mohammad Abdul Hamid, 16, was found in the River Eden, in Carlisle, Cumbria.

On Sunday Greater Manchester Police said a 19-year-old man died while swimming in Salford Quays. 

On the same day at the River Ouse in York, North Yorkshire, police recovered the body of a man in his 50s and Thames Valley Police pulled the body of a teenage girl from Ducklington Lake in Witney, Oxfordshire. 

In Buxton, Derby­shire, a man’s body was recovered from disused Victory Quarry on Sunday evening.

In West Yorkshire, a man’s body was recovered inWakefield on Monday at Pugneys Country Park and, on the same day, a 16-year-old boy drowned after falling into the River Weaver, at Frodsham, Cheshire.

In Sheffield, South Yorkshire, a man’s body was pulled from a lake at Crookes Valley Park.

On Tuesday swimmer Hamza Mansoor drowned at Crosby Beach, Merseyside.

Police confirmed a second man is in a critical but stable condition.

In Hertfordshire, a man died on Tuesday evening after getting into difficulty at Stanborough Lakes in Welwyn Garden City.

The heat also claimed the lives of sportsmen. 

On Saturday, cricketer Maqsood Anwar, 45, died from a suspected heart attack while bowling in Barry, SouthWales.

And on Monday at Tower Hamlets, in London, a man collapsed while playing football.

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