Boy, 16, is fourth person to drown while swimming during heatwave | UK News

A 16-year-old boy has become the fourth person to drown in open water as Britain swelters in potential record-breaking temperatures.

The teenager died after getting into difficulty earlier today in Bray Lake, near Maidenhead, in Berkshire.

Thames Valley Police said officers were called at 11.45am to the site and a search of the water was carried out by the force as well as other emergency services, including fire crews.

The youngster was found just after 1.30pm and died at the scene.

Superintendent Michael Greenwood, the local policing area commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said it was an “absolute tragedy”.

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Emergency services have issued urgent appeals for people to stay out of dangerous waterways and reservoirs.

A 13-year-old boy, from Crawcrook, died after getting into trouble while swimming in the River Tyne near Ovingham, Northumberland, on Sunday.

Robert Hattersley. Pic: Northumbria Police
Robert Hattersley died after swimming in the River Tyne. Pic: Northumbria Police

Robert Hattersley’s family has paid tribute to him, saying: “It is impossible to put into words the heartbreak we are feeling – Robert was so kind and loving. We are absolutely devastated by what has happened.

“He brought a smile to so many people’s faces and he will be missed by absolutely everyone who knew and loved him.”

Also, a 50-year-old man lost his life after getting into difficulty at Ardsley Reservoir, between Leeds and Wakefield. A body, thought to be his, was found on Sunday.

And a 16-year-old boy died after he was seen struggling in the water at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, on Saturday.

Police, fire and ambulance services were called and a body was later located and recovered by specialist divers.

Met Office forecasters issued a red warning for Monday and Tuesday in an indication of temperatures projected to soar possibly above 40C (104F).

The existing UK record, of 38.7C (101.66F), recorded in Cambridge in 2019, looks certain to fall amid the sweltering heat.

Temperatures had risen to 38.1C (100.58F) in Santon Downham, Suffolk, by 2.50pm today, making it the hottest day of the year, and the mercury topped 37C in a number of other places.

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How to stay safe in the heat – official advice

Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm and avoid physical exertion

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol

Close curtains in rooms that face the sun

Never leave anyone in a parked car – and check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours

Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat

Check medicines can be stored according to instructions – and check that your fridges, freezers and fans are working properly

Wales has provisionally recorded its hottest day on record, with the temperature reaching 35.3C in Gogerddan, near Aberystwyth, beating the previous record for the country which has been in place since 1990.

Tuesday is predicted to be even hotter, with temperatures possibly reaching a “crazy” 41C in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

On Sunday, College of Paramedics chief executive Tracy Nicholls warned the “ferocious heat” the UK is predicted to experience over the next few days could lead to deaths.

She told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: “This isn’t like a lovely hot day where we can put a bit of sunscreen on, go out and enjoy a swim and a meal outside.

“This is serious heat that could actually, ultimately, end in people’s deaths because it is so ferocious. We’re just not set up for that sort of heat in this country.”

The UK Health Security Agency raised its heat health warning to Level 4 – a “national emergency” – on Friday.

Level 4 is reached when “a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system”.

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