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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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