Leeds & West Yorkshire

Man drowns swimming in Horbury lagoon

Horbury lagoon
Image caption Three teeangers have died in the lagoon since 1995

A man has drowned after going swimming at a lagoon in Wakefield.

Emergency services were called to Horbury lagoon at about 19:00 BST on Saturday after reports the 32-year-old Eastern European from Leeds had got into difficulty.

West Yorkshire Police said a body was located in the water and had been recovered.

Three teenagers have died in the water, know locally as the Blue Lagoon, since 1995.

Open water warning

The death has prompted a warning from the force about the dangers of swimming in open water.

Image caption Emergency services have been searching the area since Saturday night

Supt Marianne Huison said: "Such water can be very cold, even in the summer months, and people suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation.

"There can also be hidden currents and unseen dangers such as mud banks or items under the water which a swimmer can become caught on."

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