Body found in search for person who fell into canal from Stockton Heath swing bridge

A body has been found after a person fell into a canal from a swing bridge in Cheshire. Emergency services were called to the bridge on London Road in Stockton Heath at around 10.15am today (July 29).

It had been reported that someone had fallen into the Manchester Ship Canal. Police, fire crews and the ambulance service were at the scene and began a search to locate the missing person.

The road was closed in both directions while the search was ongoing. A police spokesperson has now confirmed to Cheshire Live that a body has been recovered.

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An earlier statement from Cheshire Constabulary read: “At around 10.15am on Friday, July 29, police were called to reports that a person had fallen into the Manchester Ship canal near to the London Road Swing Bridge.

“Police, fire and ambulance are currently in attendance at the scene and a search is ongoing to locate the person. Officers at the scene are being supported by the police helicopter, the under water search team and the fire service boat.

“The A49, London Road is currently closed in both directions while emergency services deal with the incident.”

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews from Warrington, Lymm, Birchwood, Widnes and Ellesmere Port attended. They also sent the aerial platform from Lymm and the swift water rescue boat from Warrington.

A spokesperson said: “Emergency services have been called to a report of a person in the water at Stockton Heath. A Service swift water rescue boat has been launched and the crew is searching the Manchester Ship Canal to try and locate the reported person.”

An update posted at around 1pm reads: “The swift water rescue boat continued searching the canal in and around the swing bridge. Coastguard helicopters assisted in the search and the police dive team is on scene. The boat has now been removed from the water, all appliances and firefighters are now leaving the scene and the incident has been handed over to the police.”

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