Body found in search for missing Ryan Evans at Westport Lake

The body of teenager Ryan Evans has been found by police after a 48-hour search.

Ryan Evans was with two friends when he disappeared at Westport Lake in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire just before 5pm on Monday.

The teen’s two friends, aged 12 and 13, managed to get out of the lake safely.

An extensive search involving a police dive team continued on Tuesday after it was halted on Monday night due to fading light.

Two ambulances and an air ambulance were sent to the scene after emergency services were alerted at about 4.45pm.


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A statement by Staffordshire Police said: "We are sad to confirm that the body of Ryan Evans, 13, has been recovered this evening from Westport Lake, in Stoke-on-Trent, following an extensive search by emergency services and underwater teams.

"Ryan’s family have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this very difficult time. His family and friends, who were at the lake with him on Monday, are being supported by police family liaison officers.

"We cannot thank everyone, from family, friends to members of the public, the local community, and partner agencies, enough for their help and assistance.

"A report will be prepared for HM Coroner."


The fire and rescue service have warned: "Please take care near any open water and do not be tempted to swim in it during the hot weather."

Earlier today Sarah Rafferty, Swan Grove Resident said the situation was absolutely awful.

The 33-year-old childminder said: “It’s absolutely awful what’s happened. You see things like this happen on the news and you never expect it to happen on your doorstep.

“It must be horrible for the two other boys who got out. They must feel awful.

“I’ve been impressed with how the community has come together. The emergency services have worked so hard especially in this heat.”

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