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Man dies ‘trying to rescue dog’ from Ambleside river

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A Lancaster man has died while trying to rescue his dog from a swollen river in the Lake District.

The 48-year-old, from Hest Bank, was swept away by the fast-flowing River Rothay at Ambleside, police said.

A major operation involving police, fire service water rescue units, the coastguard, the RAF, Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team and Windermere lake wardens was launched at around 2.25pm on Monday, December 23.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said the man was understood to have entered the river close to Ambleside Football Club.

The man’s body was pulled from the water at around 3.30pm.

His dog managed to make it out.

A spokesman for Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, which sent 12 members to the scene, said the man “went into the river, probably to attempt to rescue his dog.”

Cumbria Police are still working to formally identify the man but said they were supporting his family.

Officers described the incident as a “tragic accident” and have asked people to keep away from open water as gales and rain lash the area.

A spokesman said: “Police are urging people to stay away from the water’s edge and not to enter the local rivers or lakes as the water is fast moving and can be very dangerous.”

The four-mile River Rothay flows into Windermere and is currently subject to an Environment Agency flood alert.

 

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