Body pulled from Ponden Reservoir near Oakworth

Police have reminded people of the dangers of swimming in open water after a man died at Ponden Reservoir on Tuesday evening.

Officers say enquiries remain ongoing following the serious incident at the reservoir at Scar Top, between Stanbury and Wycoller. Emergency services were called at 5.50pm last night (Tuesday 15th June) to a report a man had been seen getting into difficulty while swimming in the water.

The body of a 27 year old man from outside the West Yorkshire area was recovered just before 10pm.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Farrell, of Bradford District Police said: “We are continuing to investigate today following a major search at the reservoir last night which sadly resulted in divers recovering the body of a man.

“This has been a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life and I would like to remind all residents in and visitors to West Yorkshire of the extreme dangers posed by swimming in or entering open water not designated for such use. 

“Such water can be very cold, even in the summer months, and people suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation, which could result in the body going into seizure.

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and officers are working to support them as our enquiries continue.”

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