Thursday 25 December 2014

Mobility scooter tragedy as man falls into river and dies

Published 05/01/2014 | 15:53

People watch the waves at Cleveleys, Lancashire as stormy weather continues across parts of the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 5, 2014. See PA story WEATHER Flood. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
People watch the waves at Cleveleys, Lancashire as stormy weather continues across parts of the country

A man has died after his mobility scooter fell into a river after he apparently drove it along a flooded pathway.

Thames Valley Police were called to Osney Lock, Oxford, at 6.30pm yesterday after receiving a report that the man had been seen to fall into the river.

The 47-year-old man, from the Oxford area, was recovered from the lock but died at the scene.

His next-of-kin has been informed.

A police spokesman said that the man's death was being treated as unexplained but was not believed to be suspicious.

Superintendent Christian Bunt said: "This tragic incident highlights the dangers of using pathways which have flooded in areas including Oxford.

"The public should be particularly careful following the recent heavy rainfall, especially along the River Thames, and ensure they do not put themselves at risk by entering flood water. I urge anyone using these areas to take extra caution.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the man who has died."

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