Messages of condolence have been posted online after a body was found in the water at Hartlepool Marina.
Police, firefighters and ambulance crews all attended Jackson’s Wharf in the town yesterday after a man’s body was found.
Police received the call at 10.45am, following reports of a body being spotted.
The death is not being treated as suspicious – but a spokeswoman for Cleveland Police stressed that this incident is not linked to a missing person appeal for Graham McInness, of Stockton.
Police said it is the body of a man aged in his 80s. A police spokeswoman said: “We are not treating the death as suspicious and are preparing a file for the coroner.”
An inquest is expected to be opened in due time.
A spokesman for Stranton Fire Station, confirmed that one appliance from Hartlepool, two appliances from Thornaby and a water rescue boat from Thornaby responded to the call.
He said: “We were taking direction from the police in this case.
“The fire service brought a boat into the jetty and we recovered the body from the water.”
The body was the third to have been recovered from the marina waters in the last three years.
Soon after the news was published, messages poured in via the Hartlepool Mail Facebook site.
Christine Gardiner posted: “Oh no RIP whoever you are. X”
Kathleen Verrall’s message read: “So so sad. Thoughts are with his family. RIP who ever you are.
Similar thoughts came from Sandra Winspear, Julie Hope, Julie Anderson, and Joyce Fitzpatrick while Shirley Coulson posted: “God loves you now RIP thoughts are with the family xx”
Jean Kelly Marie Thomson also said her thoughts were with the family of the man.
Similar messages of sympathy also came in through other social media sites where people passed on their condolences to the relatives of the man.
At Hartlepool Marina yesterday afternoon, people said they had seen activity in the area but not realised what had happened.
Beth Wilkie, a waitress at the Happy Daze ice cream parlour at Navigation Point, said: “I saw the fire engines coming down. I could hear the sirens, and I could see them stationery but that is all I heard.”
Others echoed her comments and said they saw emergency services vehicles in the area but had no idea a body had been found.