Dartford lake rescue: Man in life-threatening condition after being pulled from Cotton Lake

The scene at Galleon Boulevard, outside The Wharf pub.

The scene at Galleon Boulevard, outside The Wharf pub.

The lake at Crossways.

The view across Cotton Lake as the rescue takes place (Picture: Barry Kriel)

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A MENTAL health patient is fighting for his life in hospital after being pulled from Cotton Lake in Dartford.

Kent Police officers were called to Galleon Boulevard, in Crossways Business Park, shortly after 10am to reports of concern for a man swimming in the lake.

A boat was sent to rescue the man in his 30s from the freezing river before he was taken back to shore and resuscitated by paramedics in the car park of The Wharf pub.

He was then taken by to Kings College Hospital in London where he remains in a life-threatening condition.

The man is a voluntary patient at Littlebrook Hospital in Bow Arrow Lane.

South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to the scene at 10:10am and sent two ambulances, a doctor in a car and a hazardous area response team.

A spokesman said: “The patient was rescued from the lake and crews commenced resuscitation attempts.”

News Shopper: The scene at Galleon Boulevard, outside The Wharf pub.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they were called to Crossways at 10:11am but handed duty over to Kent Police at 11:22am.

Two fire engines and a water unit attended the scene.

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3:46pm Wed 27 Feb 13

mouthalmighty says...

Oh how well he was looked after. Not. He obviously felt unwell so went to the hospital for help. This is happening all too frequently. Mental health patients do matter. The majority recover well enough to contribute positivly to the community, and look after their families again. This man was a danger to himself, sadly, but it could have easily been others. I hope he recovers well and gets the help he deserves and needs.
Oh how well he was looked after. Not. He obviously felt unwell so went to the hospital for help. This is happening all too frequently. Mental health patients do matter. The majority recover well enough to contribute positivly to the community, and look after their families again. This man was a danger to himself, sadly, but it could have easily been others. I hope he recovers well and gets the help he deserves and needs. mouthalmighty
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3:49pm Wed 27 Feb 13

handymanchris says...

When people attend mental hospitals voluntarily, they can just discharge themselves and go.

Powers are only in place when they have been sectioned either by police, ambulance or the mental health teams.

Who do you blame in this scenario?
When people attend mental hospitals voluntarily, they can just discharge themselves and go. Powers are only in place when they have been sectioned either by police, ambulance or the mental health teams. Who do you blame in this scenario? handymanchris
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11:40pm Wed 27 Feb 13

mouthalmighty says...

Then the guidelines need to be changed or interpreted differently. In addition more staff are needed so they are able to make good judgement calls instead of feeling stressed and overworked.
Then the guidelines need to be changed or interpreted differently. In addition more staff are needed so they are able to make good judgement calls instead of feeling stressed and overworked. mouthalmighty
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9:31am Thu 28 Feb 13

handymanchris says...

Make you right on that!

Funding cuts are always on the vulnerable.

I deal with mental health people quite a lot and i don't see any support from local trusts or social services.

Its a joke!
Make you right on that! Funding cuts are always on the vulnerable. I deal with mental health people quite a lot and i don't see any support from local trusts or social services. Its a joke! handymanchris
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7:06pm Thu 28 Feb 13

reasonable75 says...

I see the poor man has died - but why was he taken to Kings College? Wonder if the outcome would have been different if he gone the shorter distance (and time) to Darent Valley
I see the poor man has died - but why was he taken to Kings College? Wonder if the outcome would have been different if he gone the shorter distance (and time) to Darent Valley reasonable75
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