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.
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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