Woman killed in reservoir plunge


A FEMALE walker aged 88 died at a picturesque reservoir on the edge of Sheffield yesterday in what is believed to be a tragic accident.

The woman was walking with a friend beside Agden Reservoir near Low Bradfield when she slipped and tumbled into the water.

Her walking companion, a woman in her 60s, jumped into the water in an effort to save her, and managed to drag her struggling friend to the bank at the dam end of the reservoir.

But the older woman, who was from Stannington, tragically died at the scene. A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the incident was being treated as a tragic accident.

“Emergency services were called to Windy Bank, Bradfield, just after 1pm to a report of an elderly woman in the water,” she said.

“Paramedics responded and the woman had been pulled out of the reservoir when they arrived. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Initial information suggests the two women were out walking when one slipped down a hill and fell into the water.”

The second woman, who was still in the water when paramedics arrived, was treated at Northern General Hospital for hypothermia, and was released last night.

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters had streamed into the quiet village of Low Bradfield, while a helicopter circled overhead.

Bradfield postmaster Steve Dennis, who runs The Postcard Cafe, said: “It seemed to be a large incident. There were a lot of vehicles, a police helicopter and fire engines.

“People have been coming in the shop saying someone had a fall and died.

“We had police officers asking for directions for Agden Dam House.

“They can have trouble with their sat nav because the postcodes cover such a large area here.”

A fire service spokeswoman said: “We retrieved one adult from the water. Police and ambulances also attended.”

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: “We mobilised significant resources and the air ambulance also landed.”