Dog walker dies after canal fall in Burnley

Leeds Liverpool Canal near Ormerod Road Image copyright Robert Wade
Image caption The man's dog was found unharmed nearby

A dog walker has died after falling into a canal in Burnley.

The man, believed to be 64 years old, fell into the Leeds Liverpool Canal near Ormerod Road at about 12:15 GMT on Friday, Lancashire Police said.

Two passing joggers pulled him from the water and he was treated at the scene by the emergency services.

However, he was pronounced dead at 13:40 GMT at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. The man's dog was found near the canal unharmed.

The man has not yet been formally identified by police.

Officers said inquiries were under way to trace the man's family and a post-mortem examination would be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Sgt Alisa Wilson, of Lancashire Police, said: "This is a tragic accident and we need the public's help to understand the circumstances of what happened and establish how he came to be in the water."

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