Blackpool man who drowned at West Yorkshire reservoir named for first time

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A man from Blackpool who died after getting into difficulty while swimming in a West Yorkshire reservoir has been named.

 

Ponden Reservoir
Ponden Reservoir (Image: YorkshireLive)

A Blackpool man has died after gettting into difficulty while swimming in a reservoir.

Alan Rasoul drowned in Ponden Reservoir in West Yorkshire on Tuesday, June 15 – and an inquest has been opened into his death.

The 27-year-old, who was born in Kurdistan, had been living in Blackpool, reports Yorkshire Live.

Today, an inquest heard that Mr Rasoul had been travelling home when he and his friends decided to stop off at Ponden Reservoir.

Coroner’s officer Jo Marsden told the hearing: “Mr Rasoul went into the water and got into difficulty.

“Unfortunately he went under the water and did not resurface.

“The emergency services were called and an extensive search was carried out, locating him a short time later.”

Ponden Reservoir
Ponden Reservoir (Image: YorkshireLive)

A post mortem examination found that he died as a result of drowning due to submersion in water.

Assistant coroner Crispin Oliver adjourned the inquest for further inquiries to be carried out.

Emergency services were called to the reservoir at 5.45pm after reports of someone in difficulty in the water, and a body was recovered shortly before 10pm.

The reservoir is a popular water recreation and swimming spot, even though there are signs on some edges of the water advising against bathing.

Following the tragedy, police said that they were not treating the death as suspicious.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Farrell, of Bradford District Police said: “This has been a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life and I would like to remind all residents in and visitors to West Yorkshire of the extreme dangers posed by swimming in or entering open water not designated for such use.”