The family of Aaron Ritchie,one of the men who drowned in the Liverpool Leeds Canal in Wigan have paid tribute to him
Emergency eservices were alerted to the presence of two males who had entered the water at Crank Wood canal, Abram, and came into difficulty yesterday afternoon
Police believe that Aaron Ritchie fell in the water whilst walking and his carer jumped out n to try and save him
Both men were retrieved from the water by specialist personnel in a multi-agency emergency response. Life-saving intervention was conducted by medical staff however sadly both males tragically passed away later in hospital.
The next of kin of Aaron’s carer, a 60-year-old man, have been informed of his death.
Their deaths are not being treated as suspicious and police are continuing to establish the circumstances behind their deaths. A scene remains in place at the canal.
Aaron’s family have paid tribute to him:
“It’s come as a complete shock to us as a family surrounding the tragic accident of what happened on Tuesday afternoon. Aaron was a loveable character who made a big impression on everyone who knew him.
“Aaron had special needs and he loved the outdoor life and as long as he had his puzzles, laces and spinning tops he was happy. Aaron is surely going to be missed by us as a family.”
“We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his carers family and a special thank you to the emergency services who attended trying to save them.”