Manchester girl drowns in Irwell River

Girl Manchester drowns in Irwell River—A 12-year-old girl has died after drowning in the River Irwell close to Bury town centre. Emergency crews scrambled to the river, near to Dunster Road, in Bury, following reports of concern for a girl in the water at 7.55pm last night.

Greater Manchester Police said it was treating what happened as a “tragic incident” and did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances.

Shukri’s family, who live in Bury, said she could not swim and playing by the river was “out of character”. Her uncle, Mustaf Omar, said: “She was a sweet, innocent child. Her mum is absolutely destroyed.

“Everything about it is out of character for her. She couldn’t swim so she wouldn’t even go near the edge.”

The incident has prompted GMP to issue a warning over the dangers of playing or swimming in open water.

Det Insp Andrew Naismith, of GMP’s Bury district, said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident in which a young girl has lost her life, and my thoughts are with her family at this devastating time. “We have a team of detectives working on this, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this time.

“With the warmer weather, it’s tempting to go into the water to cool off, but I’d like to remind everyone of the dangers of playing near or swimming in rivers, lakes and reservoirs and would strongly urge against this.”

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Shakes Gilles

Editor of The Talking Democrat. He enjoys bike riding, kayaking and playing soccer. On a slow weekend, you'll find him with a book by the lake.