Man in care drowns in Rochdale's Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake The man was on a boat trip with other patients at Hollingworth Lake

A patient in health authority care has drowned in a lake in Rochdale, after apparently falling from a canoe.

The man, 31, was one of four patients in two canoes when he fell into the water about 14:00 BST on Thursday.

His body was found five-and-a-half hours later in Hollingworth Lake by police divers. Greater Manchester Police are investigating.

Eye witnesses reportedly saw the man returned to the canoe before apparently jumping into the lake.

These reports have not been confirmed by police.

The canoes were strapped together and the group was with a qualified instructor in addition to a nearby support craft.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the incident.

A Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said its "thoughts and sympathies" were with the man's family.

Henry Ticehurst, the trust's medical director, said: "The trust can confirm that the man was a patient in our care.

"We are working with local authorities to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident.

"Whilst the trust cannot disclose confidential information about a patient's condition, we can clarify that the man did not have a learning disability."

Link4Life, which runs the activity centre on behalf of Rochdale Council, said the centre was closed after the incident.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Manchester



9 °C 5 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Need for speed

    Audi unveils its fastest production car ever - ahead of its Geneva debut


  • A robot holding a table legClick Watch

    The robots who build flat-pack furniture - teaching machines to work collaboratively

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.