Man dies after trying to rescue child stranded in the river and two more drown as UK hit with scorching temperatures

A MAN has died after trying to rescue a child from a river with two more men feared to have drowned during this week’s heatwave.

The hero leapt into the River Erme near Ivybridge, Devon to save a child who was struggling in the water, Devon Live reports.

A 27-year-old man’s body was recovered from Ponden Reservoir, near Haworth, West Yorkshire yesterdayCredit: Ben Lack

Police recovered the body of the 27-year-old man

Police recovered the body of the 27-year-old manCredit: Ben Lack

But after getting into trouble himself he later died with the child understood to have been taken to hospital.

The tragedy came as the UK swelters in scorching heat with Brits warned of the “extreme dangers” of swimming in open water.

Cold water can cause hyperventilation or lead to seizures, police have cautioned.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 7.10pm yesterday evening, Tuesday 15 June, with a report of concern for a man by the River Erme, near Station Road, Ivybridge.


“It was reported that he went into the water to help a child in difficulty.

“Emergency services attended. Sadly a man was declared deceased at the scene. His next-of-kin are aware.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man was pronounced dead in Ipswich, Suffolk today after his body was pulled from the River Orwell.

A 22-year-old man's body was recovered from the River Orwell, Suffolk, today

A 22-year-old man’s body was recovered from the River Orwell, Suffolk, todayCredit: Getty

Police were called around 5:30am following reports of concern for a man’s safety.

Clothes was found on the Orwell Bridge, but police couldn’t trace their owen.

A multi-agency search was launched with police, paramedics, Suffolk Fire and Rescue and the coastguard scrambled.

The man’s man was recovered from the river shortly after 7:40am, with his death not being treated as suspicious, police said.


Meanwhile, the body of a 27-year-old man was recovered from Ponden Reservoir, near Haworth, West Yorkshire yesterday.

Police were called 5.45pm to reports of someone in difficulty in the water.

A full emergency services response was launched with the National Police Air Service and police divers joining in the search.

Divers recovered the body of a 27-year-old man from the water at 10pm.

He was from outside the West Yorkshire area, it’s reported.

This month’s heatwave has this week seen the mercury hit 28.6C on the hottest day of the year so far,

And with more blazing heat on the way Brits warned against taking a dip to cool off.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Farrell, of Bradford District Police said this morning: “We are continuing to investigate today following a major search at the reservoir last night which sadly resulted in divers recovering the body of a man.

“This has been a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life and I would like to remind all residents in and visitors to West Yorkshire of the extreme dangers posed by swimming in or entering open water not designated for such use.

“Such water can be very cold, even in the summer months, and people suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation, which could result in the body going into seizure.”


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