Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a woman whose body was discovered in the river at Trowse today.
Police investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body in the River Yare, close to Whitlingham Broad, in Norwich this morning have now identified her.
The woman was found by a member of the public at around 8:10am and both police officers and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service personnel attended to recover her body.
Police believe, at this time, there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Next of kin have still to be informed of the discovery of the body.
The captain of a rowing team at the University of East Anglia has told of his shock today after finding a body in a river during a training exercise in the city.
Charlie Beech, 19, of Earlham Road, Norwich, has been a member of the men’s rowing team at the UEA Boat Club since he began his degree in 2012.
Now captain, Mr Beech is in his second year studying economics, and said he was still in disbelief.
“I’m just so surprised,” he said. “It was shocking for all of us, especially as the body hit our boat.”
Out for an early practice session the team from the UEA Boat Club set off down the River Yare at around 7.45am.
“Firstly we rowed passed the body unaware as it was so dark at that time in the morning.
“When we came back the body hit the side of the boat but at that point it was still dark so we thought it was a log or branch, as it is quite common to hit something like that.
“We then rowed back again for the third time down the River Yare but at this point it was starting to get quite light and our coach - who was in the speed boat - steered passed and that’s when we noticed it.
“I stopped to look and saw a body - it was face down in the water with its back showing.”
The police were called as soon as the team made the discovery at around 8.10am and within minutes the emergency services were on scene.
Police have confirmed that the body was a woman and officers from Norwich CID are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery.
A spokesman from Norfolk police said: “Her death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries continue.”
• For the full story about how the discovery of the body unfolded see tomorrow’s paper.