Police searching for a man missing after getting into difficulty in the river in Cookham have sadly found a body.

Two men apparently got into trouble while swimming in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook, between Odney Lane and Mill Lane at around 7pm on Tuesday evening.

One of the men, in his thirties, was rescued by a member of the public and was rushed to hospital in a serious condition.

Despite a huge search last night, the other man was not initially found - however police have this evening confirmed they found a body at around 4.50pm. 

A third man got into the water to try and help but he got out safely.

There was a huge emergency services presence in the area, with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Bucks Fire, Thames Valley Police, SCAS Hazardous Area Response Team, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Hants and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance on the scene.

The Hampshire Constabulary marine unit and the Bucks Fire marine unit also assisted.

Formal identification of the body has not yet taken place. The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner. 

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported. 

LPA Commander for Windsor & Maidenhead, Superintendent Colin Hudson, said: “Officers have been working tirelessly with our partners to locate the man who entered the water yesterday, and have now tragically found a body.

“We are grateful for the support we received from both Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Services, South Central Ambulance Service, and Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue.

“I would also like to thank members of the public who provided information as well as assistance to my officers.

“I would like to thank them for their patience while officers investigated this incident, and we will be leaving the scene shortly.

“I am very sorry to have to bring this sad news.

“Our thoughts are with both men’s families during this very upsetting time.”