A MAN drowned in a South Yorkshire canal while he was out walking his dogs, police have revealed.
The 39-year-old, who has not yet been named, was pulled from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Canal by firefighters after he disappeared under the water.
Firefighters mounted an emergency search and rescue mission after police raised the alarm on Saturday night, with a report of a man in the canal near Akbars Indian Restaurant, Meadowbank Road, Rotherham.
A police officer who saw the man disappear under the water threw a ‘lifeline’ from the canal side before firefighters arrived and entered the water.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “This incident happened in the canal behind Akbar’s restaurant on Meadowbank Road, Rotherham.
“A South Yorkshire Police officer did attend first and offered a lifeline from the banking before South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue arrived and rescued a 39-year-old local man from the canal.
“The man was taken to the Northern General Hospital but unfortunately died in the early hours of this morning. The death is not thought to be suspicious.
“The circumstances are unclear at this time but we understand the man had been walking dogs by the canal.”