Man’s body pulled from canal in UK city as emergency services rush to area

A man’s body has been pulled from a canal in Greater Manchester.

Police, paramedics and water rescue teams were called to Ashton Canal in Droylsden, Tameside, at about 8.40am on Saturday (August 19).

Offiercs were called to reports of a suspected body in the water.


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A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said a man was pulled from the canal and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A screen has been erected at the scene off Copperas Lane with a stretch of the canal’s towpath taped off by police.

Confirming the incident in a statement, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 8.42am this morning, Saturday 19 August 2023, police received a call to a suspected body in the water in the canal at Copperas Lane, Droylsden.”

They added that colleagues from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service attended and a man was confirmed dead at the scene.

The spokesperson said: “Police are now in the process of identifying the man and locating his next of kin.”

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