The search for a missing teenage male at Salford Quays is still ongoing after reports of a major incident this afternoon.
Emergency services rushed to the waterside after reports of a 19-year-old male seen struggling and in difficulties whilst in the water in the Erie Basin.
North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service arrived on the scene at around 5.40pm – as photos and videos of the scene began to surface on social media.
The scene was then cordoned off and GMP officials released a statement, saying: “At about 4.40pm on Sunday 18 July, officers were called over concerns for a man in the water at Salford Quays.
“North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are also in attendance and the scene is ongoing.”
The forces helicopter was also dispatched to the scene to aid the search from the air while specialist crews used an inflatable dingy to search the water.
At around 7.30pm firefighters in diving gear took to the water and a tent was erected by police inside the inner cordon.
Despite a police search taking place, it’s reported that people continued to take to the water at the other end of the basin as well as the adjoining canals, despite Salford City Council’s repeated warnings of the dangers of unsupervised swimming in the area.
As the incident continues, our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the missing male, who has not yet been found.
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