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Sunday 24 September 2017

Elderly cyclist dies after flood fall

Storms whip up waves in UK
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An elderly cyclist has died after falling into flood water, police have said.

The man, believed to be 73, got into difficulty in water in Godstow Road in Oxford.

An ambulance went to his aid at midday today and he was airlifted to the nearby John Radcliffe Hospital where he later died.

Thames Valley Police said they are treating his death as unexplained but not suspicious and a road closure was put in place in Godstow Road, between Wolvercote and Wytham, because of the flooding.

Officers are reminding drivers to abide by signs and follow any official warnings given.

Superintendent Christian Bunt said: "Our thoughts are with the family of the man who has died.

"This appears to be the second tragic incident in which someone has died after entering flood water in the Oxford area in the past few days.

"I wish to reiterate my warning that the public should take extra care to ensure they do not put their lives at risk by entering flood water. I urge anyone who finds themselves in areas affected by flooding to follow the advice of the Environment Agency."

The Environment Agency is warning people to avoid driving or walking through flooded areas, keep children out of flooded areas and not to walk along sea defences or river banks.

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