Salford Quays: Teenager dead after jumping into canal ‘to rescue dog’ | UK | News
The 19-year-old man got into difficulty at the end of the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays yesterday afternoon. His body was recovered at around 7.40pm after a large multi-agency operation in the former dockyards, which has been regenerated into a lively entertainment hub.
Witnesses told Manchester Evening News the teen had jumped in the water after his dog.
One said: “He jumped in to save his dog, the dog got out.
“Everyone else jumped in trying to look for him.
“People were screaming and someone was shouting ‘my friend’s drowning’.
“His friends jumped in.”
Another said: “The dog jumped in first.
“He went in and they couldn’t find him for about an hour and a half.”
The area was busy with families and friends relaxing in the 30C heatwave at the time. Police say several witnesses saw “the tragic event”.
Touching floral tributes have been left at the scene today.
A note with a poem on has been left with the flowers.
Greater Manchester Police have warned people to take care around water this summer.
Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall said: “Firstly our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.
“Sadly, this proves how dangerous going into unfamiliar water can be, especially when you can’t see below the surface of what could be very cold water.”
Emergency services said they were called to Salford Quays at around 4.40pm to reports of a man struggling in the canal.