THE bodies of two men have been found on a boat on the River Ouse near Lendal Bridge in York.

North Yorkshire Police told The Press that both men were in their 60s and their deaths do not appear to be suspicious at the moment.

A spokeswoman said concerns were raised two men in their 60's who had been out of touch with their families, and that an investigation was underway to discover how they died.

The force have since added: "An investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances that led to their deaths which are being treated as unexplained at this time pending the results of a post mortem. We are not yet in a position to identify the two men."

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Fire crews were requested to assist North Yorkshire Police.

"They assisted using ladders and salvage sheets to help preserve the scene.

"They left the incident with North Yorkshire Police."

A spokesman for York Rescue Boat said: "We were aware of an incident in York by Museum Gardens on Wednesday evening. We were not involved but our thoughts go out to family and friends of the two gentlemen."

Guildhall councillor Fiona Fitzpatrick said she was saddened to hear about the deaths and added: “My thoughts are with the families of the people who have died.

“We want to work with all agencies to come to terms with what has happened and the circumstances.

“As a councillor, I’m always concerned about river safety and happy to work with any agencies that have got concerns or can offer solutions.”

More to follow.