AWARENESS is being raised over the dangers of the Jubilee River following the death of a 16-year-old boy.

The teenager drowned after entering the river in Taplow on Friday, June 24 after police were called to Amerden Lane at 5.30pm.

Slough Borough Council launched a water safety video earlier this year, which follows the story of 20-year-old Michael Scaife, of Langley, who also drowned in the Jubilee River back in 2015.

The video, produced by Safer Slough Partnership and the Environment Agency, raises awareness of the how dangerous the water can be.

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A spokesperson for Slough Borough Council said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear another young man has lost his life in the Jubilee River and our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with his family and friends.

“The Safer Slough Partnership has campaigned, along with the family of Michael Scaife who lost his life in the Jubilee River in 2015, to raise awareness of the dangers of the Jubilee River and how a celebratory swim can very quickly turn into a tragedy.”

The spokesperson added they understand the water looking inviting in the hot weather but the dangers are so often hidden or simply unknown.

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They said: “The Jubilee is not a natural river, it is man-made channel which means as well as being extremely cold, the banks are very very steep, very close to the edges.

“This tragedy at the weekend spurs us to continue our efforts to make everyone aware of the dangers of this seemingly lovely stretch of water so no other family has to go through what this young man’s family are suffering now.”