Body found in search for missing firefighter Daniel Lee
'A tragic end to a very difficult week'
A body has been found in the search for a firefighter who went missing in Manchester city centre.
Daniel (Dan) Lee, 41, went missing in the early hours of Monday morning after a night out with friends.
The watch manager was last seen walking along St Mary’s Parsonage, near Crazy Pedro’s, just after 1am on 22 August.
A huge search and rescue effort has taken place this week, with Tactical Aid Unit and North West Police Underwater Search and Marine Unit officers searching the River Irwell close to where Dan went missing.
GMP has now confirmed that the body of a man has been found.
A statement said: “We’ve sadly found the body of a man in the search for Daniel Lee from Salford. He was last seen in the early hours of Monday morning after a night out with friends in Manchester. His family have been informed and request privacy at this time.”
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue have now shared a heartfelt tribute to the ‘popular and valued’ colleague.
Dave Russel, chief fire officer, said: “Everyone at GMFRS is shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely death of our colleague Watch Manager Dan Lee.
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“Our thoughts are with Dan’s family and friends, as they have been over the past few days as the search for him has taken place. This is a tragic end to a very difficult week and not the outcome we all so desperately hoped for.
“On behalf of GMFRS, I want to thank Greater Manchester Police for their efforts in the search for Dan, as well as colleagues across GMFRS and residents and partners from across our city region who have supported the search.
“Dan, who served with GMFRS for 16 years, was a popular and valued member of our GMFRS family and he will be greatly missed.”
In their appeal for information, Dan’s family told the Manchester Evening News that it was his daughter’s sixth birthday earlier this week, and said that his disappearance was ‘completely out of character’.
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