Salford Quays: Body found by emergency services amid major rescue operation

A body has been found in the water in Salford Quays following a major rescue operation by emergency services, Greater Manchester Police has confirmed.

A major rescue operation was launched after reports of a person getting into difficulty in the water amid a scorching heatwave.

Sadly, after a massive search effort by rescuers a body was recovered from the water.

The search was subsequently stood down, though a cordon was kept in place around the area.

The identity of the deceased person has not been confirmed, though police have said that they are supporting their family.

In a tweet, Greater Manchester Police Salford said: “We’ve sadly located a body in #SalfordQuays after a report was made to us earlier this evening of a person getting into difficulty in the water.

“Their family has been kept updated by our officers and are being supported at this extremely distressing time.”

Specialist teams from the fire and rescue service were deployed to carry out the rescue.

Images from the scene show rescuers in inflatable dinghies wearing equipment designed to assist with rescuing someone from water.

A cordon has also been put in place around the area where the operation is being carried out.

A spokesperson for Great Manchester Fire and Rescue told the Manchester Evening News: “At approximately 6:15pm on 16 July, firefighters were called to reports of a person in difficulty in the water at Salford Quays.

“Two fire engines from Salford station, a Technical Response Unit and a Water Incident Unit attended.

“Crews are working alongside colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service at the scene and are currently still in attendance.”

A tweet from Salford Fire Team revealed that they also responded to an incident earlier in the day while carrying out public relations work at the same location.

Officers noticed a young person in difficulty in the water and were able to throw them a line to rescue them.

A tweet from Salford Fire Team said: “Crews have been at Salford Quays today, engaging with the public around staying safe in warmer weather.

“Whilst speaking to the public, crews noticed a young person in difficulty in the water and quickly worked to rescue them using a throwline.”

Salford Fire Team also urged people not to swim in open water no matter how inviting it might seem in the scorching heat.