Swimmers pulled from canal near Pontcysyllte aqueduct


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

TWO men who went swimming in a canal near an historic aqueduct were pulled from the water by police.

Emergency services attended an incident at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct after concerns were raised about the safety of two men seen swimming in the Llangollen canal.

A North Wales Police spokesman confirmed they received calls alerting them to the incident involving two men swimming in the canal trough of the aqueduct after 1pm yesterday.

Aaron Newton, whose canal boat tour was disrupted by the incident, said there was initial confusion about what was causing the delay

He said: “For a few minutes we were confused about what had happened and there was a rumour going round that two drunk guys decided to jump in and swim about.

“We eventually realised that they were swimming under the boardwalk so no one could see them.

“Initially there was only one police officer that closed down the aqueduct, but more eventually showed up.

“The first guy actually managed to climb out, but he jumped in again to get his friend.
“He then tried to climb up again using the boat to prop him, that’s when the police helped him out.

“The second guy eventually got help climbing out as well. There was an ambulance and a number of police cars by the time it ended.

“They seemed to be wearing swimming shorts so it looked like it was pre-planned.“
Police and a Welsh Ambulance Service crew were called to the scene, with the canal and aqueduct closed off during the incident, which lasted about 40 minutes.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman told the Leader: “We were called at 1.47pm to reports of two men in the water near Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

“A paramedic in a rapid response car and a crew in an emergency ambulance attended, and a man in his 20s and a man in his 30s
were given a precautionary check-up at scene.”

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