Man in care drowns in Rochdale's Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake
Image caption The man was on a boat trip with other patients at Hollingworth Lake

A patient in health authority care has drowned in a lake in Rochdale, after apparently falling from a canoe.

The man, 31, was one of four patients in two canoes when he fell into the water about 14:00 BST on Thursday.

His body was found five-and-a-half hours later in Hollingworth Lake by police divers. Greater Manchester Police are investigating.

Eye witnesses reportedly saw the man returned to the canoe before apparently jumping into the lake.

These reports have not been confirmed by police.

The canoes were strapped together and the group was with a qualified instructor in addition to a nearby support craft.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the incident.

A Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said its "thoughts and sympathies" were with the man's family.

Henry Ticehurst, the trust's medical director, said: "The trust can confirm that the man was a patient in our care.

"We are working with local authorities to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident.

"Whilst the trust cannot disclose confidential information about a patient's condition, we can clarify that the man did not have a learning disability."

Link4Life, which runs the activity centre on behalf of Rochdale Council, said the centre was closed after the incident.

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