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Victory Quarry, Dove Holes fatal incident


The body of a man has been recovered from Victory Quarry, Dove Holes following an extensive search and rescue effort by emergency services. 

Firefighters were called to attend the open water quarry at 19:06 hours on Sunday 18 July 2021 following a 999-call reporting one male missing in the water.  It was reported that the man had been seen in difficulty before the call to emergency services was made. 

Group Manager Paul Hawker said: “Sadly police and firefighters recovered the body of a male from Victory Quarry just before 23:00 hours last night following an extensive search and rescue effort. The thoughts and sympathy of everyone from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and all involved are with the family and friends of the deceased at this distressing time.”

Firefighters from Buxton, Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Staveley supported by crews from South Yorkshires Aston Park and Edington Station attended the incident alongside police colleagues. 

With the heat wave set to continue, this tragic incident sadly underlines the dangers and why we tell people to keep out of quarries, rivers, reservoirs, and other open water sources.  

Group Manager Hawker went onto say: “When the weather is hot, we know people are tempted to cool down by swimming and jumping into open water, however no matter how warm the weather is, the water remains cold which can cause the body to go into cold water shock, making it difficult for even the strongest swimmer.  Hidden rocks and debris can also pose a threat as swimmers can easily get tangled and trapped. 

“Yesterday there were over 200 people at Waterswallows Quarry, not far from Victory Quarry, and no-doubt countless others at quarries, reservoirs and rivers across the county. Despite repeated prevention messages and visits from the emergency services at known risks in the local area advising of the danger of swimming in flooded quarries where depth change can be quite sudden, it really is sad than a man has lost his life in such tragic circumstances.

“With the hot weather set to continue and lockdown restrictions now lifted, we know people will be out and about enjoying the sunshine but ask that people stay safe and stay out of the water.”

No further details of the incident are currently available.