Body found after man fails to return from open swimming session

A body has been found after a man failed to return home from an open swimming session at a Sunderland park.
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Emergency services including Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to Hetton Lyons Country Park late last night, Wednesday, May 31.

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A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "At around 11.30pm we received a report of concern for the welfare of a 55-year-old man, who had not returned home from an open water swimming session in Hetton Lyons Park."Police attended the area, and assisted by colleagues from the National Police Air Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service carried out a full and thorough search of the area."Sadly those searches led to the discovery of the body of a man. His family have since been notified and are currently being supported by specialist officers.

The lake at Hetton Country Park.The lake at Hetton Country Park.
The lake at Hetton Country Park.
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“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death are ongoing and police officers remain in the area at this time.”

A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson sent the service’s condolences to the loved ones of the deceased man: “We can confirm we supported a multi-agency search for a missing person at Hetton Lyons Park in the early hours of this morning.

"Our search and rescue team was deployed to the location and sadly the body of a man was later recovered from the water.

"The thoughts of everyone at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are with the family and friends of the man in question.”