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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Police confirm body found in Wastwater was missing diver

Police have confirmed that a body found in Wastwater yesterday (Tuesday) was that of a diver missing since Sunday afternoon.

Wastwater photo
Wastwater

Carl Andrew Morris, 39, of Broadgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was diving with a group of people when he failed to surface.

His body was recovered by the North West Police Underwater Search Team during a major multi-agency search.

The search operation, involving a helicopter from RAF Valley and Cumbria police, Whitehaven Coastguard, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, got underway after the alarm was raised.

The police underwater search team, from Lancashire, searched the lake, the deepest in England, from 11pm on Sunday until 6.30am Monday before resuming later in the day.

Bad weather on Monday afternoon forced the search to be postponed until yesterday morning.

A joint investigation by police and the Health and Safety Executive into the circumstances of Mr Morris's death is underway.

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