Emergency crews search River Thames for ‘male teenager’ who ‘got into difficulty while swimming’ 

Emergency crews search River Thames near Hampton Court Palace for ‘male teenager’ who ‘got into difficulty while swimming’

  • Emergency crews are searching for a man who got into difficulty in the Thames
  • Eyewitnesses said that a young man in his mid-late teens called out for help
  • A response team is on the bank of the river close to Hampton Court Palace 

Emergency crews are searching for a man who is thought to have gotten into difficulty in the River Thames.

London Ambulance Service crews have been joined by a hazardous area response team on the bank of the river close to Hampton Court Palace, in Richmond.

A spokesperson told MailOnline that they were called to reports of a person in the water at around 4.15pm on Sunday. MailOnline understands that no one has been found yet.

Metropolitan Police officers could also be seen in the area, as emergency response dinghies lay on the riverbank.

‘We have sent ambulance crews and members of a hazardous area response team,’ the spokesperson added. 

Emergency crews are searching for a man who is thought to have gotten into difficulty in the River Thames

Emergency crews are searching for a man who is thought to have gotten into difficulty in the River Thames

The Met Police is on the scene at Hampton Court Palace, in Richmond

The Met Police is on the scene at Hampton Court Palace, in Richmond

London Ambulance Service crews have been joined by a hazardous area response team on the bank of the river

London Ambulance Service crews have been joined by a hazardous area response team on the bank of the river

Eyewitnesses said that a man in his ‘mid- to late-teens’ was swimming in the River Thames when he got into difficulty.

A helicopter has also been seen flying over the area. 

Max Taylor, a senior news editor at NBC, was paddle-boarding at Hampton Court Palace when the incident happened, and spoke to eyewitnesses.

Emergency crews are on the river bank following reports that a man has gotten into difficulty in the water

Emergency crews are on the river bank following reports that a man has gotten into difficulty in the water

The London Ambulance Service was called to reports of a person in the water at around 4.15pm on Sunday

The London Ambulance Service was called to reports of a person in the water at around 4.15pm on Sunday

A hazardous area response team on the bank of the river close to Hampton Court Palace

A hazardous area response team on the bank of the river close to Hampton Court Palace

‘They told me a young male in his mid-late teens was swimming in the river near Hampton Court bridge,’ he told Sky News.

‘He called for help and was in waist deep water. They said they thought he was joking as he wasn’t in deep water — seconds later he had disappeared.

‘I paddled past and saw the inflatable search boats go in and start looking for the young lad — but it must have been a good 10-15 minutes since I spoke to the couple in the boat.’

Emergency services are seen next to the River Thames near Hampton Court, Richmond

Emergency services are seen next to the River Thames near Hampton Court, Richmond

Emergency crews stand on the riverbank following reports that a young man got into difficulty in the water

Emergency crews stand on the riverbank following reports that a young man got into difficulty in the water

Emergency crews on the bank of the River Thames were called out at 4.15pm on Sunday

Emergency crews on the bank of the River Thames were called out at 4.15pm on Sunday

It comes after a body was found in a Doncaster lake on Saturday after emergency services rushed to reports that a man in his 20s had got into difficulty in water.

Emergency services were called to Lakeside lake at around 4.10pm yesterday, according to South Yorkshire Police.

Little over two hours later, a teenage boy went missing in the sea at Skegness.

Emergency services rushed to reports that ‘a child under 16’ was in the water at around 6.15pm on Saturday.

A search was carried out by police officers and the coastguard, before the boy’s body was tragically recovered at around 11.30pm last night. 

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