River search: Reports of body in water near Castleford

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Fire crews from across West Yorkshire searched the River Aire last night after a man thought he saw a body in the river.

He was walking across the footbridge, near Lock Lane, Castleford, at around 6.30pm, when he spotted what he thought was a body float past.

Crews from Castleford, Normanton, Rothwell, Wakefield and Rastrick were called on to carry out searches, with back up from the police helicopter.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said the river was extremely fast flowing at the time and bankside searches were carried out from Fryston village to Castleford, but a body was not found.

The search was called off at around 8.30pm.