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Police searching for a 13-year-old boy who got into difficulties while swimming in a river have found a body.

The teenager, who has not been named, was last seen in the River Calder near Brighouse in West Yorkshire just before 2.40pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Reports say at least 50 young people were seen swimming in the river on the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures reached highs of 26C.

Search and rescue teams, as well as firefighters, police, and paramedics were all called to the scene where the boy was last seen struggling, with an air ambulance landing nearby, YorkshireLive reports.

Tragically, on Tuesday evening police confirmed the teenager had died in the incident.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said inquiries are continuing into what happened.

"Police and partner agencies were called at 2.38pm today to reports of a child who had been playing with friends and got into difficulties in the River Calder," he said.

"An urgent search was conducted by specialist fire service colleagues and police.

"Tragically, the body of a 13-year-old boy was recovered."

An eyewitness said: "I didn't see the person fall in but I saw all the police cars go down Armytage road as I was at my friend's on George Street so I drove down.

"I saw the fire crews and police crews jumping into the river looking for the person."

Another witness said a team of divers arrived at the scene on Tuesday evening.

The paper reports that the Regional Marine and Underwater Search Unit were sent to search the River Calder off Huntingdon Road.

"There were three lads that were trying to get onto the canal," she said.

"But because the police have taped it off, one of the lads got aggressive which led to him being put on the ground by five or six cops."

Chief Superintendent Sarah Blake said: "We are continuing our enquiries.

"While investigations into what took place are at an early stage, indications are that this is a tragic incident in which a teenage boy has lost his life.

"Specially-trained officers are working to support the victim's family at this devastating time, and our thoughts are with them."

She urged anyone with information to contact police urgently on 101 quoting police log 989 of June 1.

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