A BODY has been found after a man swimming on an inflatable unicorn vanished as eight people drowned on the hottest day of the year.
The grim discovery comes after the swimmer was reported to be in difficulty yesterday afternoon at Pugneys Country park, in Wakefield.
Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield, where the body of a man was recoveredCredit: Ben Lack
Emergency services lined up around the shore of Pugneys Country Park lakeCredit: Ben Lack
Emergency crews discovered a body in the lake in Crookes Valley Park, South Yorks, at 7.30pm last nightCredit: MEN Media
The man is the eighth person confirmed to have drowned on the hottest day of the year, when temperatures soared to almost 32C on Sunday.
Witnesses said the missing bather entered the water with the blow-up toy despite “no swimming” notices.
Families, many enjoying their first day out after months of staying at home, described “a wall of emergency vehicles” lining the water’s edge.
An inflatable walkway and rescue boats were being used to comb the area, which council bosses said was expected to stay closed until Tuesday.
Councillor Michael Graham said: “Sadly, the body of a man has been recovered from the lake at Pugneys Country Park earlier today. Emergency services attended on Sunday after reports of a male in difficulty in the water. “
Search teams had recovered the body, he said, while police enquiries were ongoing.
A police statement issued on Monday afternoon read: “Enquiries are now ongoing to identify the deceased, but it is believed that this is the same male who was reported to be in difficulty in the water at about 1.15pm yesterday.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the person involved”, Cr. Graham said.
“This tragic incident is a stark reminder of the very real dangers of swimming in open water. We ask everyone to keep themselves safe and urge people not to swim in places that are not specifically created for swimming.”
The tragedy comes after a string of water tragedies across the country on Sunday as Brits hit lakes and beaches to cool off.
On Monday afternoon, shortly before 4pm, police received reports that a young boy may have fallen into the River Weaver near Frodsham.
The A56 near the Sutton Weaver swing bridge has been closed while the search for the boy continues.
The fire service and paramedics are on the scene with a helicopter and dog team reported in the area, along with the presence of Cheshire Police.
And on Sunday, a man’s body was recovered from water in a disused quarry in Dove Holes, Buxton, Derbyshire, just before 11pm.
Police were scrambled to reports a man had entered the water and “found himself in difficulty”.
The tragic discovery was made after a four-hour search operation by emergency services.
Earlier, emergency crews discovered a body in the lake in Crookes Valley Park, South Yorks, at 7.30pm last night.
South Yorkshire Police said an underwater search team had recovered a body just before midnight, with formal identification having not yet taken place.
It came hours after a teenage girl drowned in an Oxfordshire lake.
Cops revealed they were called to Ducklington Lake, in Witney, at around 2.35pm on Sunday and the girl was then pulled from the water.
However, Thames Valley Police revealed despite being taken to hospital she later tragically died.
The girl’s family have been informed and are being closely supported by specially-trained officers.
Everyone else jumped in trying to look for him. People were screaming and someone was shouting ‘my friend’s drowning’.
Salford Quays witness
The death is being treated as unexplained and non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
Meanwhile police yesterday discovered the body of a 19-year-old man who vanished in Salford Quays.
Greater Manchester Police were unable to revive the teen, who went missing on Sunday afternoon.
“Sadly, despite a rescue operation at Salford Quays this evening, a 19-year-old man has lost his life,” a tweet on Greater Manchester Police’s Twitter account read.
“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.”
Police launched an underwater search in the Quays and pictures from the scene show emergency crews being called to the area – which was packed with locals enjoying the scorching heat.
The emergency came on the hottest day of the year and The Quays were full of swimmers diving into the water.
OUT OF DEPTH
Elsewhere, another holidaymaker swimming in the sea near Blackpool, Lancs, on Saturday drowned after “accidentally getting out of his depth”.
The RNLI and coastguard launched a frantic five-hour search for the stricken swimmer and took to the skies in a helicopter to try and establish his whereabouts after his disappearance at around 3.25pm.
Despite their efforts, the man’s body was recovered near to where he went missing a number of hours later after the tide receded.
A man in his 40s died after falling off a cliff at Dorset beauty spot Lulworth Cove.
The tourist, who was aged in his 40s, had climbed part-way up the 200ft tall Stair Hole when he slipped and fell.
An air ambulance, coastguards, a lifeboat crew and police raced to the scene at 6.30pm yesterday as temperatures soared into the late 20s.
Elsewhere, a boy who vanished after entering the River Eden in Rickery Park near Stony Holme, Carlisle was today identified as 16-year-old Mohammad Abdul Hamid.
His family and friends are being supported by officers.
Police launched a search after they received a report of concern for the welfare of the boy at around 9pm by North West Ambulance Service.
The body was found at around 11:45am on Sunday. Formal identification has not yet taken place.
In York, the body of a man in his 50s was recovered from the River Ouse, close to the Water End Bridge on Sunday evening.
Officers attended the scene, along with the fire and ambulance services, after being contacted by kayakers shortly before 5pm.
While formal identification is yet to take place, North Yorkshire Police believe they know the identity of the deceased but are awaiting confirmation.
Meanwhile, a search was launched after a swimmer reportedly went missing in Ardingly Reservoir, Sussex.
Cops used drones, a helicopter and Kayaks to scour a huge lake before darkness fell.
Just last month, security guards were introduced at the site to stop unsupervised swimming.
Staff said the cold water temperature, silt, as well as hidden pipework and machinery make conditions extremely dangerous.
On Saturday, we reported how a dad-of-two died of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on a cricket field during a match.
Maqsood Anwar, 45, fell ill while bowling in the 27C weather near Barry, South Wales.
The A56 near the Sutton Weaver swing bridge has been closed while the search for the boy continuesCredit: CheshireLive/MEN
Police received reports that a young boy may have fallen into the River Weaver near Frodsham on Monday afternoonCredit: CheshireLive/MEN
Cops revealed a teen girl was pulled from Ducklington Lake in Witney, OxfordshireCredit: ITV
A search was launched after a swimmer reportedly went missing in Ardingly ReservoirCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL
A police chopper seen above the emergency operation in SalfordCredit: @BenMillss
A man is his 50s was pulled from the River Ouse in YorkCredit: Alamy