Body found by coastguards days after Humber Bridge search

A body has been recovered from the River Humber near Barton.

Coastguards were called to a stretch of water near to the Discovery Centre yesterday afternoon.

The tragedy comes after a extensive search on Tuesday involving a rescue helicopter, coastguards and RNLI crews.

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The helicopter was seen carrying out sweeps of the area specifically near the bridge and coast of Barton, following fears there had been another tragic fall from the Humber bridge.

The search and rescue teams had to continue with the highest tidal swells this year when groups overtopped defences. Tides reached over seven metres high and led to warnings to bystanders to keep a safe distance.

Helicopter spotted flying above Humber Bridge on January 4

Its is understood coastguards and police were alerted on Saturday afternoon and recovered the body from near the Barton Haven waterway which is connected to the Humber.

Police are believed to be in contact with the family of the person, who has not been identified.

The Humber Bridge has been the site of several tragic incidents in recent years. In March 2021, six people died at the bridge in just one month, prompting extensive calls on authorities to take action.

Following the deaths, The Humber Bridge Board closed the footpath off to pedestrians for a month. When it was afterward opened, additional measures to safeguard the public were implemented.

Camera coverage was improved, a ‘Wellbeing center’ was installed and additional signage providing mental health sustain was additional. However, despite a appeal to implement more substantial measures, further action has not however been taken.

The Humber Bridge Suicide Safety Measures group has campaigned for more measures to increase safety at the bridge by either raising physical barriers or adding in gates at the end for seven years, since the unfortunate death of a 14-year-old boy.

While there were talks of increasing the height of the safety parapet that line the footpath, it never came into fruition.

If you or someone you know needs help or is distressed contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or by email.

For help on mental health issues or sustain for families and friends visit the charity Mind.

In North East Lincolnshire you can contact Navigo Open Minds sets for help.

If you’ve experienced sexual or domestic violence contact The Blue Door on 0800 197 47 87 or by email.

If you are in need of immediate help, you can contact the Single Point of Access 24 hours a day.

In North Lincolnshire contact the NHS RDaSH team.

Humberside Police can be contacted on 101 or in an emergency 999.

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