Hampstead Heath men’s bathing pond closed after teenager dies swimming

Firefighters tried in vain to locate a body in the men's bathing pond in Hampstead Heath. Picture: T

Firefighters tried in vain to locate a body in the men's bathing pond in Hampstead Heath. Picture: Twitter/@LondonFire - Credit: Archant

The Hampstead Heath Men’s Pond will be closed until 7am tomorrow after the body of a teenager was discovered late last night.

Police were called to the bathing pond at about 5.30pm after reports that a 19-year-old was “in difficulty”.

Specialist officers from the Marine Policing Unit attended and his body was recovered from the water shortly before 11pm.

The City of London Corporation, which runs the Heath, sent out a statement on Twitter this morning stating: “The Men’s Pond will not be open today or for the foreseeable few days owing to a Metropolitan Police investigation. 1/2.”

It then tweeted: “Men wishing to swim today will be able to do so at the Parliament Hill Lido 2/2.”

But it has this afternoon sent out further Tweets stating that the pond will re-open as normal tomorrow.