Leeds father and son found dead in Huddersfield canal

Cooper Bridge, Huddersfield
Image caption The men were magnet fishing – which involves using a magnet to locate objects in water

Police divers have found the bodies of a father and son who went missing while magnet fishing.

The men are believed to have been trawling the bottom of a canal with a magnet to find metal objects in the water when they lost their lives.

West Yorkshire Police said their bodies were recovered on Saturday night after an extensive search in the Cooper Bridge area of Huddersfield.

The force said it was not treating the deaths as suspicious.

A police spokesman said the alarm was raised by a passer-by who noticed personal belongings, including clothing, a mobile phone, a camera and car keys, were on the waterside for almost an hour.

He said officers traced a car parked nearby to the Pudsey area of Leeds, where a woman confirmed that her 43-year-old husband and his 19-year-old son had gone out magnet fishing early in the morning.

The spokesman said an extensive search was carried out in the area but there was no trace of the two men and police divers were called in.

The bodies of the men were found just before 19:30 BST.

“The family are aware and inquiries are ongoing into how they ended up in the water,” he said.

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