Man in serious condition in hospital after boat overturned on River Aire in Leeds

A man remains seriously ill in hospital today after being plunged into the River Aire in Leeds while working on the city's flood alleviation scheme.

The first phrase of the flood alleviation scheme was officially opened earlier this month. Picture: Gary Longbottom

Police received a report shortly before 12.45pm yesterday that a boat carrying two workmen had overturned on the river at Thwaite Gate, Hunslet.

A spokesman said: "Emergency services attended the scene and one of the men was rescued from the water and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary in a serious condition.

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"The other man was accounted for nearby and was taken to hospital suffering the effects of shock and hypothermia."

A crime scene was put in place while the circumstances were investigated.

The Health and Safety Executive has been notified.