In a heartbreaking incident, the lifeless body of a 16-year-old boy was retrieved from the River Calder yesterday evening, prompting a response from the local police.

Authorities were alerted to a concern for safety regarding a male individual in the water, prompting emergency services to swiftly attend the scene at Leeds Road in Castleford.

The distressing episode unfolded at approximately 6:58 p.m. on Wednesday, 24th May, when the police were contacted. With a sense of urgency, the emergency services converged upon the area and commenced a search and rescue operation. However, the situation took a devastating turn as the body of the young teenager was discovered shortly before 8:30 p.m.

The identity of the deceased has not been officially released, but it is believed to be that of the 16-year-old boy. The police have notified the boy’s family, who are currently receiving support from the authorities during this incredibly difficult time. As this tragedy unfolds, the community is urged to exercise sensitivity and compassion towards the grieving family.

In light of this distressing event, the police have initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. They are appealing to any individuals who may have witnessed any part of the incident to come forward and assist with their inquiries. Wakefield District CID can be contacted via 101 Live Chat or by dialling 101, and callers should quote the reference log number 1652 of 24th May.

This tragic occurrence serves as a sombre reminder of the dangers posed by bodies of water, particularly during the summer months when people are tempted to seek relief from the heat. Authorities encourage everyone to exercise caution and remain vigilant around waterways to prevent similar heartbreaking incidents from occurring in the future.