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Magnet fishing outing ends in tragedy.


A FATHER and son's outing turned to tragedy when their bodies were recovered from a stretch of water in Cooper Bridge.

Martin Andrews, 43, and his 19-yearold son Jack, left their home at 6.30am on Saturday for a day's magnet fishing in the canal near the water treatment works and BP petrol station at Cooper Bridge.

Their bodies were recovered by police underwater divers at 7.30pm.

Police said one of the pair may have fallen in, with the other trying to help, but admitted it may never be known what happened to them.

They said the heartbreaking discovery was made after a concerned woman reported finding a jacket, camera and car keys at the side of the water at 11.18am that morning.

Insp Carlton Young, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We traced the car keys for a Jaguar X-type to an address in Pudsey and the man's wife told officers that they had left home at 6.30am to go magnet fishing.

"She had been expecting them back at lunchtime. We got the underwater search team from Humberside out at 5.30pm and the bodies were recovered at 7.30pm.

"We really don't know what happened.

One of them may have fallen in and the other one has tried to help but that is only an assumption. We may never know the exact circumstances of what happened.

"We are making further enquiries and a file will be passed to the coroner."

The depth of the canal at that point is around five feet and locals said currents there and in the nearby River Calder can be very strong at that particular spot.

There were no life-saving inflatable rings in the area and the curved nature of the canal's walls meant it would have been difficult to clamber out as there is little to cling onto and a sizeable climb from the water to the bank.

In a statement released yesterday morning, West Yorkshire Police said: "Police were called around 11.18am on Saturday, June 16, to the canal side, near to Navigation House in Cooper Bridge, Huddersfield, after it was believed two men entered the water.

"Officers conducted extensive enquiries to locate the men, and the police underwater search unit attended. The bodies of two men were recovered from the water around 7.20pm.

"They are believed to be a father and son from the Leeds area. The family have been notified.

"There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances at this time and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. Contact West Yorkshire Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 740 of June 16.



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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 18, 2018
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