River Severn, Bridgnorth
Britain’s ongoing heatwave recently claimed is fourth victim after a male swimmer disappeared in Malvern quarry lake recently and Last wee, the body of Russell O’eill, 17, was found at the same water and the Body of Damian Southall, 20, was alsorecovered by divers after he vanished in River Severn in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, yesterday. The South of England expected to enjo hottest temperatures Tempeature willreach 32C in London – beating 29.7recorded on July 7. The Hottest July day on record was 36.5C in Wisley, Surrey, in 2006. TheUK will be hotter than Rio de Janeiro and the Met Office issues heatwave warning amid health fears in high Rescue teams are searching a waters at a disused quarry for a missing man, less than a week after a teenager drowned in the same water.The man is believed to have become th fourth victim of the current heatwave, after he disappeared in the five-metre deep water at Gullet Quarry near Malvern, Worcestershire, yesterday afternoon.A week ago the body of Russell O’Neill, 17, was found at the quarry, but despite warnings, locals returned to swim in the lake less than 24 hours The missing male swimmer may have become the fifth person to die at the quarry in 20 years.West Midlands Ambulance service said it was involved in a search for the man and locals reported seeing helicopters and diving teams in the area. The body of a man who vanished while cooling off in the River Severn has also been recovered from the water. Damian Southall, 20, from Wombourne in the West Midlands, disappeared recently while taking a dip in the water with friends in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.Police confirmed Mr Southall’s body has been found .
Bridgnorth Rowing Club (brown building)
The tragic death comes after a 17-year-old footballer drowned in a quarry in Worcestershire and a 14-year-old girl was pulled from the sea in South Wales. Youth footballer Russell O’Neil, 17, also drowned on Saturday at Gullet Quarry in Worcestershire, while the body of Hollie McClymont, 14, from Glasgow, who went missing on Sunday, was pulled from the sea near Fontygary in south Wales on Wednesday.A West Mercia Police spokesman said: ‘We can confirm a member of our dive team recovered a body .’The family have asked us to confirm it is the body of 20-year-old Damian Southall, a beloved son.’This is a tragic occurrence, where the family are distraught and very emotional. Our job is to make sure it never happens again. This looks an ideal spot, but the water is extremely dangerous. Due to the treacherous undercurrents and debris in the water. We can’t say if Damian was swimming with anyone at the time, or how exactly he drowned.’The dive team have had a tough job today, with the water being very murky. All in all it took about an hour and a half to recover the body,’ the officer added. Mr Southall’s friends frantically divd under the surface to look for him, but he was nowhere to be seen. Rescue divers joined the search and focused their efforts on a stretch of water close to Bridgnorth Rowing Club.One witness at the scene, who did not want to be named, said: ‘He was playing with his friends and just mucking around in the water really. ‘Everybody was laughing and having a good time, and all of a sudden he was gone. Just like that. ‘His friends were looking for him – they were hysterical.’To go from the sound of people laughing and enjoying the summer weather to those screams of horror is something I never want to hear again,’ the witness added
Local resident Norman Poulter, 64, said: ‘Kids are always messing around by the river there, it is a very popular spot. ‘There were loads of people around and playing in the river yesterday. Later in the afternoon I saw a lot of police activity and I knew then that something had happened down there.’There was a lot of commotion, and people were in tears. It was heartbreaking to see.’Tributes began pouring into social networking sites – even as the search for Damian’s body was still underway.Friend Paige Maher posted: ‘Rip damian. Such a great friend we deffo had our ups and downs.’I cant believe whats happened it just doesnt seem real. ‘Had loads of memories from when we was lil kids. Just cant believe it. Gone but never forgotton. In the arms of the angels. Love you. Sleep tight. Rip xxxx.’Another wellwisher added: ‘To young for anyone to go and will be missed by everyone stay strong his family and his friends. R.I.P.’Euan Ralph described seeing Damian getting into difficulty in the water.He posted: ‘We didn’t know him but we had been with him for most of the day. ‘Me and my friends jumped in after him but there was nothing we could do. Rest in peace mate it was a pleasure to even know you for a couple of hours.’
Sizzling spell to peak tomorrow as forecasters predict hottest July day for seven years Temperatures soared to a sizzling 33C as Britain’s spell of glorious sunshine peaks with the hottest day of the year.The mercury reached above 30C.As a result of the high temperatures the Met Office has issued a warning for large parts of the UK to prepare for heatwave The hottest July day on record in the UK was seven years ago when a sweltering 36.5C was recorded in Wisley, Surrey, on July 19 2006.Britain’s long-awaited hot spell shows no sign of abating, with temperatures expected to settle around the mid-20s well into next week. Currently temperatures are hovering just a fraction beneath 30C, with most of the country enjoying blazing sunshine, interrupted only by patchy cloud in some parts. While some of the warmest weather is in the north of the UK, London is likely to be the hottest part of the country. Recent weather is on track to beat England’s current record for this summer of 29.7C, recorded in Bournemouth.Across the whole of the UK the hottest day so far this year was in Edenfel, County Tyrone, where the mercury hit 29.9C (85.8F).’I The nation’s beaches and parks have been flooded with sun-worshippers eager to catch every last ray of sunshine, the Met Office has warned Britons to take care in the extreme heat.’Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases,’ its alert said. The Met Office is anticipating heatwave conditions across the East Midlands and the Yorkshire and Humber regions before the highest temperatures move south to affect the east of the country, the South East, London, and parts of the South West and The West Midlands – particularly around Birmingham and Warwick. The monthly outlook remains mostly positive for the south of England, with dry and sunny conditions predicted until August.