Tyne & Wear

Watergate Park wader dies after being pulled from lake

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Image caption Police were called to Watergate Park at about 15:30 BST

A man has died after wading into a lake on Tyneside.

The 24-year-old was brought out of the water at Watergate Park, Gateshead after, "extensive searches", Northumbria Police said.

He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was pronounced dead at 18:00 BST.

Ch Supt Gordon Milward said the man's family were "obviously distraught", but it was too early to say what had happened.

There could be hidden hazards in open water, he warned. Very cold rivers and lakes, even on hot days, could have "dramatic effects on the body".

Police do not believe there was any third party involvement.

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