Man, 77, dies in canal plunge

AN elderly man is the second person in a week to die after falling into a canal.

The man, 77, was pulled from the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Thornhill Lees on Wednesday morning.

Police mounted a rescue and paramedics tried to resuscitate him but he died in hospital.

The man had been spotted in the canal near to Slaithwaite Road by passers-by.

Det Insp Ian Mottershaw, of the Kirklees Safeguarding Unit, said a file has been passed to coroners.

He added: “I don’t think he had been in the canal very long as paramedics thought it worthwhile trying to get his life back.”

Last Thursday, Hamza Amer, 19, of Springfield Avenue, Batley, died in Huddersfield.

His body was recovered from a canal near a Kirklees Council waste incinerator  close to the town centre.

Det Insp George Bardell, of Kirklees CID, said: “There are no suspicious circumstances. It is being treated as an unexplained death.”

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