Update, Serious Incident in Ponden Reservoir, Keighley

Wednesday 16 June 2021 

Enquiries remain ongoing today following a serious incident at a reservoir near Keighley.

Police were called to Ponden Reservoir at Scar Top by the ambulance service at about 5.50pm on Tuesday June 15 to a report a man had been seen getting into difficulty while swimming in water there.

A full emergency services response was conducted with searches carried out by the police, fire service, National Police Air Service and specialist police divers.

Sadly, the body of a man was recovered just before 10pm on Tuesday (15/6).

The victim was identified as a 27-year-old man who is from outside the West Yorkshire area.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Farrell, of Bradford District Police said: “We are continuing to investigate today following a major search at the reservoir last night which sadly resulted in divers recovering the body of a man.

“This has been a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life and I would like to remind all residents in and visitors to West Yorkshire of the extreme dangers posed by swimming in or entering open water not designated for such use. 

“Such water can be very cold, even in the summer months, and people suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation, which could result in the body going into seizure.

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and officers are working to support them as our enquiries continue.”

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