Police divers find body after reservoir hunt for swimmer

Police searching the Snaildon Reservoir for a man who went agencymissing while camping by the reservoir. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Police searching the Snaildon Reservoir for a man who went agencymissing while camping by the reservoir. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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POLICE divers yesterday found a body believed to be that of a man from Yorkshire who has not been seen since he went for a swim in a Yorkshire reservoir.

Jonathan Pardon, 38, from Fartown in Huddersfield, was camping close to Snailsden reservoir, near Dunford Bridge, South Yorkshire, when he went missing.

His friend raised the alarm on Saturday evening, prompting a large-scale search operation involving police from West Yorkshire and fire service personnel from West and South Yorkshire.

The police helicopter also joined the search, along with police dogs and underwater search officers.

Police later said they had recovered a man’s body. There were no supicious cirumstances.

Snailsden reservoir, which is on the border of South and West Yorkshire, lies off Linshaws Road and is on the edge of the northern Peak district. The reservoir is a Yorkshire Water facility.

The company issues regular warnings about the dangers of swimming in reservoirs.

Strong currents can lurk beneath the surface, particularly if water is being taken out through huge underwater pipes.

The temperature of the water, rarely above 12C, is often a factor in accidents.