Body recovered from ship canal identified as 32-year-old local man


UPDATED: POLICE have sadly confirmed a body found in the Manchester Ship Canal near the Stockton Heath swing bridge last Friday was a 32-year-old local man.

Police have also said they will not be providing any further details on the incident and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

It follows reports of a person being seen to fall in the Manchester Ship Canal near the swing bridge at 10.15 am last Friday.

Fire engines from Warrington, Lymm, Birchwood, Widnes and Ellesmere Port, the aerial platform from Lymm and the swift water rescue boat from Warrington attended at the scene before leaving at 13:15 and handing over the scene to the police dive unit. Coastguard helicopters also assisted in the search.

The A49 was closed for several hours following the incident.
A Cheshire Police spokesperson said at the time:”At around 10.15am today police were called to reports that a person had fallen into the Manchester Ship canal near to the Northwich Road Swing Bridge.

“Officers at the scene were supported by the police helicopter, the underwater search team and the fire service boat.

“Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 1328865.”

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