Tributes are paid to River Severn tragedy victim Damian Southall

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Friends and family today paid tribute to a man who died in the River Severn in Bridgnorth, as details emerged of another fatal accident involving a swimmer.

The man, named as Damian Southall, 20, from Wombourne, was swimming in the water close to Bridgnorth Rowing Club with friends on Thursday evening when he disappeared. An search was carried out by police and a body was recovered from the river yesterday .

Members of Mr Southall's family today issued a plea to people not to swim in rivers and open water in the wake of the tragedy. A Facebook group called RIP Damian Southall had nearly 2,000 likes by yesterday afternoon.

In one post on the RIP Damian Southall Facebook page, Sheldon Goble said: "RIP mate, you were a good lad. Won't be forgotten."

It emerged last night that the tragedy was one of two in the Midlands yesterday,.

A man's body was recovered from water at Gullet Quarry in Upper Colwall, Herefordshire, at about 7pm. It was the second death in the space of a week in water at the quarry, despite safety warnings.

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