The University of Oxford has issued a statement after a student died at a city beauty spot.

Emergency services arrived at the Port Meadow on Friday, June 21 following reports of someone drowning.

Thames Valley Police as well as Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and recovered a man from the water.

The 19-year-old was taken to hospital in the city but died despite the efforts of the emergency service staff.

He has now been confirmed as a student at the University of Oxford and the institution has since released a statement.

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Police were at the scene (file photo).Police were at the scene (file photo). (Image: North Yorkshire Police)

A University of Oxford spokesperson said: “The College has confirmed that a first year student has died in tragic circumstances.

“The College is in touch with the family and has been offering support to the student body.

“Out of respect for the family’s privacy at this difficult time, they are not yet disclosing the name of the student or the college.”

An eyewitness previously told the Oxford Mail: “Lots of students were celebrating their end of exams by jumping into the water at Port Meadow from the Thames Path footbridge by Fiddler's Island.

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Port Meadow in Oxford (file photo).Port Meadow in Oxford (file photo).

“Unfortunately towards the end one man wearing academic dress jumped in and drowned before he made it back to the bank.

“There was a massive emergency response, after his friends noticed that he didn't come out of the water, from the fire, search and rescue, ambulance and police services before they found the man and unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate him on the bank.

“The man passed away which was confirmed in an email sent to students in his college.

“I was there and witnessed this unfolding.”

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Emergency services attended (file photo).Emergency services attended (file photo). (Image: South Central Ambulance Service)

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