Berkshire

Man dies following Reading river rescue

Emergency services at scene of water rescue in Reading
Image caption Emergency crews were called to the River Kennet off Bridge Street

A man rescued from a river in Reading by emergency services has died in hospital.

Search and rescue teams entered the water after fire, ambulance and police were called to the River Kennet off Bridge Street at about 08:00 GMT.

The man was found after 10 minutes and pulled from the river via an inflatable sledge, but was described by the fire service as unresponsive.

He was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he later died.

Thames Valley Police described the death as unexplained.

A spokesman said officers had received reports of a "fear for welfare of a man reported seen in a canal".

Traffic around the Oracle roundabout was affected in all directions during the operation.

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