River Don body rescue latest - RAF drafted in to help

Police at the scene where a body has been discovered in the River Don. Picture: Liz Mockler D2132LM
Police at the scene where a body has been discovered in the River Don. Picture: Liz Mockler D2132LM

THE RAF has been drafted in this afternoon to recover the body of a man from the River Don.

The man’s body has been in the water since Sunday evening but police divers have been unable to recover it because high water levels and strong currents.

Police were called to Sprotborough Falls near The Boat Inn on Sunday evening. The body had travelled upstream to near Marshgate yesterday. It has become submerged and it is possible that it is caught up in debris.

A police spokesman said: “Due to the volume of debris that has been washed down river, including railway sleepers and fallen trees, conditions are extremely difficult. While South Yorkshire Police wishes to minimise the distress caused, the primary concern at this stage is the safety of officers needed to remove the body from the fast-flowing river.”

A police spokesman confirmed that an RAF rescue helicopter was on its way to Doncaster to assist in the rescue mission.