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Search team looking in the river
RNLI search team on the river
A body has been found in the search for a man who went missing while swimming in the River Thames near Barge Walk, Kingston, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Emergency services were called at 18:41 BST on Sunday to reports that the man had got into difficulty while swimming in the river off Barge Walk, Kingston upon Thames.

Multiple agencies, including the Met’s Marine Policing officers, searched for the man and recovered a body at about 12:20 on Monday along the same riverside path.

Formal identification is yet to take place, however officers believe this is the man who entered the water on Sunday, a Met Police spokesperson said.

Sunday was the hottest day of the year  in the UK with 27.5C recorded in Chertsey, Surrey.

Divers by the river
Police divers aided the search effort

Jadine Brunsdon, who works at a bar near where the man went into the water, told BBC News she saw the emergency response.

“I finished work at 6pm and I was sat with my friend on the river side and we were watching people swimming in the river,” she said.

“We noticed them going in. Then about half an hour later we saw police cars and ambulances driving down.”

Search teams were seen in boats along the stretch of the river where the man went missing.

Police were called at 18:41hrs on Sunday, 12 May to the river at Barge Walk, Kingston. It was reported that a man had got into difficulty after entering the water to swim.

Marine Policing officers, London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, the RNLI and the National Police Air Service all searched the area.  At around 12:20hrs on Monday, 13 May, the body of a man was recovered by police officers from the river at Barge Walk, Kingston.  Formal identification awaits, however officers believe this is the man who entered the water on Sunday.


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