Man's Body Found In River Near Burnham

30 November 2014, 10:31 | Updated: 30 November 2014, 10:35

A man's body has been found in the River Crouch near Burnham in Essex.

Police were called by Thames Coastguard at around 3:15pm on Thursday (November 27).  A yachtsmen reported seeing the body floating at the mouth of the river.

The body was taken to Colchester General Hospital, the Coroner’s office was informed and a post mortem examination will be held.  The man hasn't been identified yet and it is not yet known how he came to be in the water or how he died.

He was wearing a wetsuit and it is believed he may have been in the water for some time. His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Officers have been working with other police forces in the UK and coastal Europe to see if they can help to identify the man.

DS Lydia George, of Colchester CID, said: "We do not know who this man is and would urge anyone who has any information to contact with us. He was a well-built man with a short ginger beard and long ginger hair. He was wearing a full-length black wetsuit which had a blue Mystic logo on the right arm of the sleeve.”

Anyone with information should call Essex Police on 101.