A man’s body has been pulled from the River Ribble near Ribchester.
Police were called at 10.05am this morning (Thursday February 9) to reports that a man aged in his 70s had gone missing. A search was launched with eye-witnesses reporting seeing police, a helicopter, firefighters and a rescue boat in Ribchester village centre.
Around three hours later a body was found by the river close to Ribchester Road in Clayton-le-Dale. Lancashire Constabulary has said that although formal identification has not yet taken place the body is believed to be that of the missing man.
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One eye-witness told LancsLive: “They were there for around two hours. There was a heavy police presence and the helicopter was flying overhead for some time.
“We saw the activity close to the Spar in Ribchester. We did wonder if they had found a body given how extensive the response was.”
A police spokesperson said: “We were called at around 10.05am today (Thursday, February 9th) to reports a man, aged in his 70s, had gone missing. Officers have searched an area by the river off Ribchester Road, Clayton-le-Dale, while the police helicopter has also been out.
“Sadly the body of a man has now been located. Although no formal identification has taken place, it is believed to be that of the missing man. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.”
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