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Four people have died in separate drowning incidents across England as the country experienced the hottest weekend of the year so far. 

Emergency services are urging sunseekers and bathers to stay safe after the bodies of three teenagers and a man in his 50s were pulled from rivers and lakes.

It came as a 45-year-old cricketer tragically died after suffering a heart attack during a match earlier today.

Parts of Britain have seen temperatures soar as high as 88F today, with many out exploring public beauty spots.

But the beautiful has sparked a series of tragedies, with deaths in Greater Manchester and Oxfordshire on Sunday, along with a man in his 50s in North Yorkshire.

On Saturday, Cumbria Police began searching for a teenager after he was reported missing shortly after entering the River Eden at around 9pm.

The force confirmed that the body of a teenage boy had been found near Stony Holme at around 11.45am on Sunday.

North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, the Coastguard assisted in the operation, which centred on the river and Rickerby Park nearby.

A 19-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Salford Quays

A 19-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Salford Quays

A 19-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Salford Quays

Emergency services rushed to the scene after a man was seen getting into difficult in the water

Emergency services rushed to the scene after a man was seen getting into difficult in the water

Emergency services rushed to the scene after a man was seen getting into difficult in the water

Earlier on Saturday a cricketer died after collapsed on the pitch while bowling in soaring temperatures in Barry, south Wales.

Maqsood Anwar, 45, is believed to have suffered a heart attack in 81F weather after experiencing chest pains.

Teammates rushed to call 999 but tragically the father-of-two, known by friends as ‘Max’, could not be revived.

A friend told The Sun: ‘The ambulance was there and they confirmed it was a heart attack, they tried to revive him but if was too late.

‘He passed away doing what he loved doing – playing cricket.’

The match was then abandoned, with players instead paying tribute to the ‘true gentleman’ and ‘tallest and friendliest of men’.

Sunday became the hottest day of the year so far for both England and Wales with temperatures of 86F (30.2C) recorded in Cardiff and 88F (31.6C) at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The heatwave figures prompted a warning from the Met Office as well as from Public Health England.

Later on Sunday Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a teenager have died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Salford Quays.

A huge rescue operation was launched after witnesses reported a 19-year-old man was struggling in the water at about 4.40pm.

Dozens of swimmers headed to the quays to cool off as temperatures soared on the hottest day of the year. 

Police, fire and ambulance crews rushed to the scene and boats were used to search the quays for the missing teenager.

After hours of searching, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 19-year-old man had died.

The force tweeted: ‘Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.

‘We will provide further updates when we have them.

‘North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service also attended but, sadly, the body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from the water at about 7.40pm.

‘An investigation is under way and a file passed to the coroner.’

Det Insp Helen Bagnall, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: ‘Firstly our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.

‘Sadly, this proves how dangerous going into unfamiliar water can be, especially when you can’t see below the surface of what could be very cold water.’

Pictures from the scene showed boats and crews in diving gear heading into the water as the search progressed. 

A large cordon was set up at Salford Quays this afternoon as crews worked to rescue the teen

A large cordon was set up at Salford Quays this afternoon as crews worked to rescue the teen

A large cordon was set up at Salford Quays this afternoon as crews worked to rescue the teen

Minutes later police in North Yorkshire announced they had recovered a body from the River Ouse after being called for help by kayakers.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘Sadly, the body of a man in his 50s was recovered from the River Ouse, close to the Water End Bridge in York this evening (18 July).

‘Police attended the scene, along with the fire and ambulance services, after being contacted by kayakers shortly before 5pm.

‘His next of next of kin have been informed and police have said that their thoughts are with them at this very sad time.’

Thames Valley Police (TVP) then confirmed that a teenage girl had been brought from the water in Witney, near Oxford.

‘As you might be aware, our officers attended Ducklington Lake, in Witney at 2.35pm today after a fear for welfare report concerning a teenage girl in the water,’ TVP West Oxon tweeted.

‘Officers attended with both fire and ambulance services, and the girl was brought from the water and taken to hospital. Tragically, the girl later died in hospital.

‘The girl’s family have been informed, and are being closely supported by specially trained officers. The death is being treated as unexplained and non-suspicious, and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

‘We are very sorry to bring you this tragic news. Our thoughts are with the girl’s family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.’

The summer heat tempted thousands of swimmers to cool off in the sea, a lake, or other waterways, however experts urged caution.

The Canal and Rivers Trust ‘strongly advised’ against going into water, as ‘there are too many risks that you can’t see hidden below the surface’. 

The trust said deeper water poses its own serious dangers in rivers and canals, and can be much harder to get out of if you can’t put your feet on the ground.

Rivers, docks, and quays tend to be much deeper than canals. 

It warned that even on hot days like today, ‘inland water will be colder than you think’, the trust says, with reservoirs and docks particularly susceptible to cold temperatures as they’re deeper.

Low temperatures can cause the blood to rush away from muscles to protect the organs and limbs and muscles may become fatigued quickly – this can lead to drowning.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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