Police search divers find body after boat capsizes on Thames

A BODY was found yesterday afternoon by police divers searching for two men who have been missing since a boat carrying six passengers capsized, police confirmed.

Emergency services were called to help after the boat overturned on a stretch of the River Thames near Shepperton in Surrey on Sunday evening.

Search teams continued searching for the final missing man until early evening, when the operation was called off for the night.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

It was expected the search teams would return to the area this morning.

A Surrey police spokeswoman said: "We have found a body. Divers are expected to continue searching the scene until around 7pm."

The incident happened as six people, three men and three women, were travelling in the boat.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust said three women and one man were taken to Frimley Park Hospital, which is nearby, and had sustained only minor injuries.

A helicopter was called in immediately to start a search, but that failed to locate the men and divers moved into the area yesterday morning to start searching the waterway.

An ambulance service spokeswoman said: "A boat with six people in it capsized.

"We were asked to attend and conveyed four people to hospital.

"Two men were missing last night."

A Surrey Police spokeswoman added: "Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service attended the River Thames near Shepperton where a small boat had capsized.

"It is believed there were six people on the boat. Four are safe but two men are missing.

"Extensive searches were started immediately, including the use of the police helicopter but there was no trace of the two missing people.

"Sussex dive team is working with us and the search will be continuing this morning."

One of the missing men is local and is in his 60s, while the other is from the Cambridge area and aged in his 70s.

The identity of the body recovered remained unknown last night.

The other four passengers are in their 50s and 60s.

No details have been released to suggest why the boat capsized, or what the passengers were doing on board.