Man dies after he was found in Walsall canal

A man has died after he was found in a canal in Walsall.

The canal
The canal

The victim, believed to be in his late 30s, was pulled from the water of the Wyrley & Essington Canal but pronounced dead at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Fire crews, police and paramedics were called to the scene near Slacky Lane bridge, off Goscote Lane, Bloxwich, at just before 9pm on Saturday.

The man has not been formally identified at this stage. It is not clear how the man came to be in the water but his death is not being treated as suspicious. A post mortem is due to be carried out.

West Midlands fire service spokesman, station commander Dean Harris, said: “The fire service were called to the incident at 8.55pm.

“A firefighter entered the water and rescued the male. Crews carried out CPR and assisted the paramedic team and he was conveyed to hospital.”

Residents in the Goscote area told of their shock at the death. Father-of-four Kelvin Cushman, aged 37, who lives off Goscote Lane, said: “It made me feel sick when I heard,” he said. “We are shocked and my heart goes out to the family.”