Teen's body found in harbour after lad jumped in to get football

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POLICE have discovered the body of a missing teenager who disappeared at Bristol Harbour after jumping into the water to retrieve a football.

Teen's found in harbour

BODY FOUND: Police have discovered the body of a missing teenager (Pic: SWNS)

Emergency services launched a multi-agency search for a missing teenager who is believed to have got into difficulties in the water last night.

The 17-year-old is thought to have dived into the water in a bid to retrieve a ball but failed to surface.

Several residents living near the coast reported seeing a Coast Guard helicopter searching the harbour with a spotlight.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have since confirmed the ambulance service, fire crews and the Coast Guard carried out a search in the early hours of this morning but called it off at around 2am.

“The 17-year-old boy appeared to get into difficulties and disappeared beneath the surface”

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police resumed the search for the teen earlier on today, aided by an underwater search team.

After an extensive search, the body of a young man was discovered by divers at around 12pm.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “We have been involved in a multi-agency response to look for the body of a teenager who jumped into the water to retrieve a ball last night at about 11.15pm.

“The 17-year-old boy appeared to get into difficulties and disappeared beneath the surface.

Body found in Bristol Harbour

CALLED OFF: The search was called off at around 12pm. (Pic: SWNS)

“A multi-agency response was launched – including use of the Coast Guard helicopter – but the person was not found.

“The search was called off at 2am and members of the police underwater search team began searching again this morning.

“Shortly after 12 noon the body of a young man was discovered.

“It appears this has been a tragic accident.”

Formal identification of the teenager is yet to take place, and officers have referred the death to the coroner.

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