Police dive team called in to help search for missing man

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Emergency Services are searching the River Great Ouse near the Swan Hotel.

Bedfordshire Police have called on colleagues from Nottinghamshire to help find a man who fell into the River Great Ouse in Bedford yesterday.

Responders from Bedforshsire’s police, fire and ambulance services descended on the area yesterday morning (Thursday) after witnesses saw what is thought to have been an elderly man fall in the water.

The police helicopter hovered over the river for some time, possibly using thermal imaging cameras to try and locate him.

Fire crews launched their fireboat to assist with the search and remained at the site for most of the day.

Late last night, a spokesperson for Bedfordshire Police said the search was “ongoing”.

Dive team

This morning divers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Underwater Search Unit have joined the search efforts.

The Embankment from Newnham Road to the High Street has been closed.

Updates

We will continue to post updates below

15:30

Bedfordshire Police say they have found a body.

You can read more about that update here. Breaking News: Police searching river in Bedford find body

11:15

A spokesperson for Bedfordshire Police, said: “Yesterday (Thursday) officers were called to reports of concern for safety in The Embankment, Bedford.

“Officers are continuing searches today (Friday) and there will be an increased police presence in the area.

“Enquiries are ongoing, and officers are working closely with the family.

“There are currently road closures at the Embankment near the St Mary’s Bridge junction and Newnham Road junction, and everyone is encouraged to avoid the area where possible.”

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This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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