Police recovered a body from a canal in Hackney following an earlier call to concerns for the welfare of a 17-year-old male.
Despite attempts to rescue the teenager, including an officer entering the water – who himself had to be assisted by a canonist – the attempt to rescue him failed.
Police were called at 15:04hrs on Wednesday, 29 July, to an address in Clapton E5, where the family of a 17-year-old man were concerned for his welfare.
Officers attended the location, but the man had left the house by smashing a window prior to police arrival at 15:12hrs.
A search of the surrounding area was subsequently conducted by police officers.
At around 15:50hrs, somebody matching the description of the man was seen by officers on Hackney Marshes.
On seeing police, the man ran off. Officers tried to stop the man in order to assist him, but, prior to police officers reaching him, the male entered the canal near to Lea Bridge Road.
A life aid was thrown to the male but the male went under the water.
An officer then entered the canal in an attempt to rescue him.
The police officer was then assisted and returned to the bank by a member of the public on a kayak.
A search of the canal and surrounding area was conducted by police officers with the assistance of dog units, the police helicopter, the Marine Policing Unit and London Fire Brigade. London Ambulance Service also attended the scene.
At around 17:20hrs, the body of a man was recovered from the water by officers from the Met’s Martine Marine Policing Unit. We await a post-mortem examination and formal identification.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed they will be investigating the incident.
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