Mystery of drowned father and son in canal

Published: Monday, 18 June 2018

THERE is a mystery of a father and son discovered over the week-end drowned at Cooper's Bridge in the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

The two men had gone to the locks at the junction with the Calder & Hebble magnet fishing for windlasses and the like that had been dropped in the water by boaters, Keith Gudgin reports.

Discovered bodies

Reported missing, it was police divers that discovered the two bodies on Saturday evening after an extensive search of the two waterways.

The couple's coats together with items such as a mobile phone and car keys were discovered in the pockets by a lock, with a bird watcher reporting these to the police after seeing them for an hour but no people, after which the search was made when it was discovered they were missing.

Traced their car

The police traced their car that was parked nearby to belonging to someone in the Pudsey area of Leeds, where a woman confirmed that her husband and son had gone out magnet fishing early in the morning.

Enquiries are continuing into how they ended up in the water, though It is believed they had been trawling the bed of the waterways and somehow fell in and drowned.