Kent

Mother of River Medway death man Keith Brook shocked

The family of a man who died after falling into the River Medway say they cannot understand how it happened.

The body of 42-year-old Keith Brook, from Snodland, Kent was pulled from the river at about 1900 BST on Tuesday.

His mother Pat Hobden, who said Mr Brook was able to swim, said she did not know why he had not climbed out.

"The police haven't told us what he died of or anything," she said. Mr Brook was the third person to die in the River Medway in two months.

Mr Brook is believed to have fallen into the river, close to Sandling Road, Maidstone, at about 1240 BST on Tuesday.

Witness Peter Beirne said a woman had jumped into the water a short time later but had failed to rescue him.

Canoeing accident

The Kent Air Ambulance went to the scene to provide support after the alert was raised and the Environment Agency was also called in to help with the search.

Two boys died on the river Medway earlier this year.

Alex Chappell, 12, died after getting into difficulties while playing on a rope swing over the water at a park in Tovil, near Maidstone on 30 May.

Cameron Sandell, 14, died in a canoeing accident at Teston Lock, near Maidstone, on 17 April.

After the deaths, emergency services, council chiefs and leisure centre providers started a campaign to promote water safety.

Speaking of the three deaths, a Kent Police spokesman said: "Emergency services and partner agencies are renewing their warnings."

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