UPDATED: Man pulled out of Leeds and Liverpool Canal dies in hospital

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A DOG walker died after being found in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal close to a Burnley park.

Two joggers alerted police and paramedics after they spotted the unnamed man’s dog sitting on the canal bank at around 12.15pm yesterday.

The 64-year-old man was recovered from the water behind the Queen Victoria pub off Queen Victoria Road.

He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but was pronounced dead at around 1.40pm, police said.

Neighbours said more than half a dozen police cars, fire engines and a paramedic vehicle descended on the junction of Ormerod Road and Queen Victoria Road.

Around half a mile of the canal bank was sealed off while investigations took place.

Carol Keeney, of Ormerod Road, said: “The road was just covered in police cars and fire engines and they surrounded the canal.

“It took us a few hours before we were told that there had been a body found. It’s just really sad when something like this happens on your doorstep.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said the dog was found sat on the footpath next to the canal and had since been taken in by Burnley Borough Council’s dog warden.

Police were making enquiries among staff at the Queen Victoria and guests at the nearby Premier Inn, to see if anyone witnessed the man’s fall.

Officers are also expected to release a description of the man as they attempt to trace his relatives. They are appealing for anybody who saw the incident to call them on 101 and were treating the death as unexplained last night.

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2:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mavrick says...

Is the poor chap still alive?
Is the poor chap still alive? mavrick
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3:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

woolywords says...

mavrick wrote:
Is the poor chap still alive?
Nothing on the Lancs Police website not their Facebook page, appealing for help, so can only assume that the man is not conscious.
As ever, we wish him well.
You should know that, cold water, has a strange way of preserving life, as well as taking it and that our much maligned hospital, can do some strange things to prevent a death.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: Is the poor chap still alive?[/p][/quote]Nothing on the Lancs Police website not their Facebook page, appealing for help, so can only assume that the man is not conscious. As ever, we wish him well. You should know that, cold water, has a strange way of preserving life, as well as taking it and that our much maligned hospital, can do some strange things to prevent a death. woolywords
  • Score: -6

3:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

fuschia says...

It says in the report that the poor man has died.R.I.P
It says in the report that the poor man has died.R.I.P fuschia
  • Score: 15

11:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

doctor1970 says...

The man died in hospital.
The man died in hospital. doctor1970
  • Score: 2

11:47am Sat 18 Jan 14

Mothernature says...

Such a shame. RIP. Really hope they find out who he is and that the dog is reunited with the rest of the family. Poor thing must be bewildered.
Such a shame. RIP. Really hope they find out who he is and that the dog is reunited with the rest of the family. Poor thing must be bewildered. Mothernature
  • Score: 16

1:45pm Sat 18 Jan 14

leyton says...

and that the dog is reunited with the rest of the family. Poor thing must be bewildered.what a moron statement hahahahahahaha
and that the dog is reunited with the rest of the family. Poor thing must be bewildered.what a moron statement hahahahahahaha leyton
  • Score: -28

1:54pm Sat 18 Jan 14

StopDeludingYourself says...

leyton wrote:
and that the dog is reunited with the rest of the family. Poor thing must be bewildered.what a moron statement hahahahahahaha
uurrrmm why?
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: and that the dog is reunited with the rest of the family. Poor thing must be bewildered.what a moron statement hahahahahahaha[/p][/quote]uurrrmm why? StopDeludingYourself
  • Score: 8

3:18pm Sat 18 Jan 14

turbo5 says...

RIP, hopefully they will find the cause of his death, That particular section of the canal is usually frequented by the local youths drinking and taking drugs. I have had stones and racial abuse (I am white english) thrown at me whilst I have been enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon bike ride with my 5 year old son. Sometimes they just stand in the middle of the path and try to push you in as you go past. From speaking to other bike riders and walkers its quite common from Daneshouse to the start of the straight mile.
RIP, hopefully they will find the cause of his death, That particular section of the canal is usually frequented by the local youths drinking and taking drugs. I have had stones and racial abuse (I am white english) thrown at me whilst I have been enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon bike ride with my 5 year old son. Sometimes they just stand in the middle of the path and try to push you in as you go past. From speaking to other bike riders and walkers its quite common from Daneshouse to the start of the straight mile. turbo5
  • Score: 9

5:31pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CapitaBackHander says...

fuschia wrote:
It says in the report that the poor man has died.R.I.P
it OBVIOUSLY (to most) didn't originally - that is why it says UPDATED!
[quote][p][bold]fuschia[/bold] wrote: It says in the report that the poor man has died.R.I.P[/p][/quote]it OBVIOUSLY (to most) didn't originally - that is why it says UPDATED! CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 0

10:34pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Davehillbo says...

Might be still with us if Burnley A&E was still open.
Might be still with us if Burnley A&E was still open. Davehillbo
  • Score: 2

3:16pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Jack Wallhurst says...

turbo5 wrote:
RIP, hopefully they will find the cause of his death, That particular section of the canal is usually frequented by the local youths drinking and taking drugs. I have had stones and racial abuse (I am white english) thrown at me whilst I have been enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon bike ride with my 5 year old son. Sometimes they just stand in the middle of the path and try to push you in as you go past. From speaking to other bike riders and walkers its quite common from Daneshouse to the start of the straight mile.
I doubt it's local youths giving racial abuse to an English passer-by and child. I feel really quite ill thinking about how far Burnley has descended since my childhood. Even at about 8 years old it was posible to wander anywhere quite safely. Never hassled at all. It was a pleasant place to live, go to school and work. I feel for young people these days having to watch their backs.
Why don't you slyly video the abuse on your mobile and report it to the police or post it on YouTube?
[quote][p][bold]turbo5[/bold] wrote: RIP, hopefully they will find the cause of his death, That particular section of the canal is usually frequented by the local youths drinking and taking drugs. I have had stones and racial abuse (I am white english) thrown at me whilst I have been enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon bike ride with my 5 year old son. Sometimes they just stand in the middle of the path and try to push you in as you go past. From speaking to other bike riders and walkers its quite common from Daneshouse to the start of the straight mile.[/p][/quote]I doubt it's local youths giving racial abuse to an English passer-by and child. I feel really quite ill thinking about how far Burnley has descended since my childhood. Even at about 8 years old it was posible to wander anywhere quite safely. Never hassled at all. It was a pleasant place to live, go to school and work. I feel for young people these days having to watch their backs. Why don't you slyly video the abuse on your mobile and report it to the police or post it on YouTube? Jack Wallhurst
  • Score: 3

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