Man, 34, who died after lake swim was patient at Dartford mental health unit
Emergency crews at the
scene in Galleon Boulevard
A man who died after swimming in a Dartford lake was being
treated at Little Brook Hospital until just hours before his
Kent Police have confirmed the man was a voluntary patient
at the mental health unit in Bow Arrow Lane, Dartford, and left of
his own accord.
A spokesman for Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership
Trust said: "We are aware of the death of somebody known to our
"The matter is now in the hands of the coroner and as a result
we cannot comment further at this stage."
The 34-year-old, from the town, was left seriously ill
after the dip at Crossways Business Park on the morning of
Wednesday, February 27.
It is thought he had got into difficulties while swimming in
Kent Police said the man - whose identity has still not
been released - was taken to King's College Hospital in
London, where he later died.
The coroner has been informed and his death is not
being treated as suspicious.
Officers were called to the lake, near Galleon Boulevard, at
around 10am to reports of concern for a man seen swimming.
A witness, who did not want to be named, said a fisherman at the
lake rushed in to try to save the man before emergency
The man was spotted
swimming in Cotton Lake in Galleon Boulevard
A large-scale emergency operation was launched, with
several crews from South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent
Fire and Rescue Service at the scene.
The lake, in Galleon Boulevard, is next to The Wharf pub.
A police spokesman said the man had been taken to the
London hospital by an ambulance.
Ambulance crews at the
scene on Crossways Business Park