Body of missing Huddersfield diver Carl Morris recovered from Cumbria lake

A SCUBA diver from Huddersfield has died in a tragic accident.

Wastwater in the Lake District - scene of diving tragedy
Wastwater in the Lake District - scene of diving tragedy

A SCUBA diver from Huddersfield has died in a tragic accident.

Carl Morris has been found dead in the deepest lake in England.

Almondbury property developer Mr Morris – known as Badger by his friends – went missing during a diving excursion in Cumbria at about 3pm last Sunday.

The 39-year-old, who worked part-time as a diving instructor, was diving with a group of three people in Wastwater when he failed to surface from the 40-minute dive.

Police set up a large search and rescue mission, including specialist teams from the coastguard, fire and rescue, mountain rescue and members of the North West Police Underwater Search Team.

Divers worked through Sunday night but other teams had to be stood down after dark due to dangerous conditions.

His body was recovered by the Underwater Search Team during a major multi-agency search.

The search operation had involved a helicopter from RAF Valley as well as Cumbria police, Whitehaven Coastguard, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.

It was launched on Sunday after the alarm was raised by Mr Morris’ colleagues.

The police underwater search team, from Lancashire, searched the lake from 11pm on Sunday until 6.30am Monday before resuming later in the day. Bad weather on Monday afternoon forced the search to be postponed until Tuesday morning.

Yesterday Cumbria Police confirmed they had recovered his body on Tuesday and confirmed his identity.

His family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

A joint investigation by police and the Health and Safety Executive into the circumstances of his death has been launched.

Along with his own property company, Carl worked as an open water scuba diving instructor at Batley-based Academy Divers.

Carl Morris Huddersfield diver killed in Lakes

Staff there were too upset to pay tribute to him but his profile reveals he was affectionately known as Badger.

Colleagues at the centre also described him as a “gentle giant”.

Academy Divers was set up in Wakefield in March 2000.

The group boasts more than a dozen instructors.

Wastwater, or Wast Water, is a well-known diving site but has been the site of several previous tragedies.

The lake is approximately 4.6 kilometres (almost 3 miles) long and 600 metres (more than a third of a mile) wide.

It is the deepest lake in England at 79 metres (258 feet), and is owned by the National Trust.

 
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