Man dies after falling into River Avon

By Gary Smee 29/05 Updated: 31/05 12:27

A MAN has died after being rescued from the River Avon in Evesham.

Carl Schmidt, from Bricklehampton near Pershore, fell into the river near Abbey Bridge on Sunday evening (May 27).

The 47-year-old was found in the water about 7pm and pulled out by emergency services before being taken to hospital.

But he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead earlier today (Tuesday).

The circumstances surrounding Mr Schmidt's death are still being investigated.

Police have now renewed appeals for people to take care around rivers during the warmer weather.

"This tragedy highlights the need for everyone to be aware that rivers can be extremely dangerous," Det Insp Mark Loader said.

"With the Jubilee weekend and summer holidays approaching - especially in this warm weather - of course people are going to want to spend time by the river and enjoy the many beauty spots along our waterways.

"All we ask is that people are aware of the dangers and stick to authorised swimming areas. You may think the water looks safe to swim in, but there could be submerged objects like rocks and strong currents which you can't see from the surface. Don't enter the water to try and rescue a pet or after consuming alcohol when your judgement is severely impaired.

"This tragedy serves as a reminder to everyone to be wary of the river when out and about and I am renewing previous warnings to help increase public awareness of this safety issue."

The Coroner for Worcestershire has been informed and an inquest into Mr Schmidt's death has been opened and adjourned.

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