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Tragedy as man dies after getting into difficulty swimming at quarry

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A man has tragically died after getting into difficulty in the water at a Peak District quarry.

Emergency services were called to Victory Quarry in Dove Holes, near Buxton, on Sunday night, July 18, after reports to the emergency services that a man was in trouble.

Six fire crews from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire rushed to the scene to help after they were called at 7.06pm that evening, reports Derbyshire Live.

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Tragically, the body of a man was found in the water following an extensive search and rescue operation.

Paul Hawker, group manager for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said crews from Buxton, Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Staveley, Aston Park and Edington were called alongside the police.

He said: “Sadly police and firefighters recovered the body of a male from Victory Quarry just before 11pm last night following an extensive search and rescue effort.

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“The thoughts and sympathy of everyone from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and all involved are with the family and friends of the deceased at this distressing time.”

He went onto warn people about the dangers of people entering quarries, rivers, reservoirs and other open waters.

“When the weather is hot, we know people are tempted to cool down by swimming and jumping into open water, however no matter how warm the weather is, the water remains cold which can cause the body to go into cold water shock, making it difficult for even the strongest swimmer,” he said.

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“Hidden rocks and debris can also pose a threat as swimmers can easily get tangled and trapped.

“Yesterday there were over 200 people at Waterswallows Quarry, not far from Victory Quarry, and no doubt countless others at quarries, reservoirs and rivers across the county.

“Despite repeated prevention messages, and visits from the emergency services, warning of swimming in flooded quarries where depth change can be quite sudden, it really is sad that a man has lost his life in such tragic circumstances.

“With the hot weather set to continue and lockdown restrictions now lifted, we know people will be out and about enjoying the sunshine, but ask that people stay safe and stay out of the water.”

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