Body found in search for missing River Thames swimmer

A body has been found in the search for Eyad Alryabi this afternoon
A body has been found in the search for Eyad Alryabi this afternoon (Picture: Hyde/PA)

 

A body has been found in the search for a missing man who got into difficulty just off the River Thames.

Syrian refugee Eyad Alryabi reportedly went into the river to try and help his friend who had been struggling, but was himself pulled under.

Thames Valley Police said tonight: ‘We regret to say that following extensive searches today, tragically the body of a man aged in his thirties was located at around 4.50pm.

‘Formal identification has not yet taken place. His next of kin are being supported.’

The death is being treated as unexplained and is not suspicious, the force added.

Officers began the search on Tuesday night amid reports the man had got into trouble in an area of water called Lulle Brook, which is connected to the River Thames.

Handout photo dated 23/06/20 issued by Twitter feed of Levi Genes@Levi_Genes showing what appears to be rescue workers in boats on the River Thames near Cookham in Berkshire. Emergency services have rushed to Odney Lane near Cookham, Berkshire amid reports a man is missing after going into the water. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 24, 2020. South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said it was supporting Thames Valley Police, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service at an incident in Cookham on Tuesday evening. See PA story POLICE Cookham. Photo credit should read: Levi Genes/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Rescue workers in boats on the River Thames near Cookham (Picture: PA)

 

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd. 24/06/2020 A stretch of river was being searched by specialists today/last night (Wed) in an attempt to find a missing swimmer who vanished during a cooling off dip last night/on Tuesday evening. One other man was pulled to safety after also getting into difficulties while trying to save his flailing friend and was said to be in a serious condition in hospital today(Wed). A third man, who was a friend of the two victims, also dived into the water to try to help but managed to get out safely when he realised the danger he was on. Picture collect picture of Eyad Alryabi, aged in his 30s who is missing presumed drowned in the river at Cookham, Berkshire. Eyad was one of three friends who went into the river to cool off yesterday, Tuesday evening. He drowned and a second man was seriously ill in hospital after being dragged out the river. See copy HNPcook
Eyad Alryabi got into difficulty yesterday (Picture: Hyde News and Pictures)

 

The Royal Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Services, the South Central Ambulance Service and the Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue all also attended the scene.

A man aged in his thirties was brought to safety from the water and was taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.

A third man entered the water to assist but left unharmed.

Formal identification of the body has not yet taken place.

The missing swimmer’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported.

Superintendent Colin Hudson, LPA commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: ‘Officers have been working tirelessly with our partners to locate the man who entered the water yesterday [Tuesday], and have now tragically found a body.’

He thanked the emergency services and the public who provided information and assistance to officers.

He added: ‘I am very sorry to have to bring this sad news, our thoughts are with both men’s families during this very upsetting time.’

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