Police name Lancaster man who died ‘trying to rescue dog’ from River Rothay in Ambleside

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A Lancaster man who died while trying to rescue his dog from a swollen river in the Lake District has been named.

Simon Martindale, 48, of Hest Bank, was swept away by the fast-flowing River Rothay at Ambleside, police said.

Officers are supporting his family.

A major operation involving police, fire service water rescue units, the coastguard, the RAF, Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team and Windermere lake wardens was launched at around 2.25pm on Monday, December 23.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said Mr Martindale was understood to have entered the river close to Ambleside Football Club.

His body was pulled from the water at around 3.30pm.

His dog managed to make it out.

A spokesman for Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, which sent 12 members to the scene, said Mr Martindale man “went into the river, probably to attempt to rescue his dog.”

Officers described the incident as a “tragic accident” and have asked people to keep away from open water as gales and rain lash the area.

A spokesman said: “Police are urging people to stay away from the water’s edge and not to enter the local rivers or lakes as the water is fast moving and can be very dangerous.”

The four-mile River Rothay flows into Windermere and is currently subject to an Environment Agency flood alert.