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Council’s plea to Crookes Valley Park swimmers after man in his 20s drowns


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Sheffield Council has issued an impassioned plea for people not to swim in the water at a Sheffield park after a tragic death.

Emergency services were called to Crookes Valley Park in Sheffield – which has a large lake in its centre – at 7.31pm last night, Sunday, following reports a man had got into difficulty in the water.

A huge emergency service response followed with police, fire crews and underwater divers assisting in the search.

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However, South Yorkshire Police confirmed this morning, Monday, that a body of a man in his 20s was found in the lake just before midnight by search crews.

Scores of people had been seen swimming in the lake over the weekend – despite warning signs telling people that it was not safe to do so.

Now Sheffield Council have issued another plea for people to not enter the water after the tragic death on Sunday.

Police cordoned off the park after the discovery of a man's body
Police cordoned off the park after the discovery of a man’s body

Councillor Alison Teal, Executive Member for Parks and Leisure, Sustainable Neighbourhoods, Wellbeing, Parks and Leisure, said: “This is an absolute tragedy and my thoughts are with everyone affected.

“We are in contact with the emergency services, who attended yesterday evening.

“While we don’t yet know the full details of what happened, we need to remind people – please, please, don’t swim in the water at Crookes Valley Park.

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“There are signs up at the park and we ask people to stay out of the water, which is not safe for swimming.

“We know some people do want to swim outdoors, especially in this heat, but it’s really important that it’s in a safe location.”

Previous meetings between Sheffield Council, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, the Water Safety Forum and Health and Safety officers have deemed the lake not a safe place for casual swimming.

More warning signage and safety equipment is to be added to Crookes Valley Park to reinforce the dangers of swimming there.

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The dangers of swimming in the lake at Crookes Valley Park

  • Water quality
  • Depth of around 30ft in the centre of the lake
  • Unknown objects under the surface
  • Cold water temperatures
  • Very limited views from the main road that could delay reports

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