Boy, 13, dies after falling into the River Calder

Boy, 13, dies after falling into the River Calder while playing with friends on the hottest day of the year

  • The boy was playing with friends in Brighouse on the banks of the River Calder
  • Emergency services were alerted at 2.38pm who began searching the river 
  • Tragically the boy’s body was recovered from the water a short time later  

The body of a 13-year-old boy was recovered from a river in West Yorkshire today on the hottest day of the year. 

The victim had been playing with friends in Brighouse beside the River Calder when he got into difficulties in the water. 

Emergency services were alerted at 2.38pm and a specialist team of fire fighters entered the water and retrieved the young boy’s body. 

The body of a 13-year-old boy was recovered from the River Calder in Brighouse around 3pm today

A specialist team of firefighters recovered the boy’s body from the scene. West Yorkshire Police said they have informed the boy’s family of the tragedy

West Yorkshire police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the young boy’s death.  

Specially trained police officers are with the family who have been informed about the boy’s tragic death. 

Chief Superintendent Sarah Baker, District Commander of Calderdale Police said: ‘We are continuing our enquiries with partners. Whilst 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.

‘I would ask anyone who saw what happened and who may have not yet spoken with authorities, to contact Calderdale CID on 101 referencing police log 989 of June 1st.’ 

Temperatures reached 78F at Heathrow Airport at 2pm on Tuesday, making it the hottest day of 2021 so far – toppling a top temperature set just the day before.

Bank holiday Monday’s maximum temperature was 77F in Kinlochewe, Scotland, as sunseekers enjoyed the long weekend and newly restored freedoms following the lifting of many lockdown restrictions.  

The UK has seen its fourth highest amount of rainfall on record for May, with an average of 120mm.

Meanwhile, England had its fifth wettest May on record, and its wettest since 1967, with 111mm of rain.

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