Wytham: Cyclist Dies After Entering Flood Water

8 January 2014, 18:10 | Updated: 8 January 2014, 18:29

A cyclist has died after entering flood water near Oxford.

Police received a call shortly after 12pm today to Godstow Road, where the man, believed to be a 73-year-old from Oxford, had been recovered from the water. He was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and subsequently died.

His death is being treated unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious.

A road closure is currently in place in Godstow Road, between Wolvercote and Wytham, due to flooding. Motorists are being reminded to abide by the signs and following any official warnings at all times.

Supt Christian Bunt, LPA Commander for Oxford, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who has died.

“This appears to be the second tragic incident in which someone has died after entering flood water in the Oxford area in the past few days.

“I wish to reiterate my warning that the public should take extra care to ensure they do not put their lives at risk by entering flood water. I urge anyone who finds themselves in areas affected by flooding to follow the advice of the Environment Agency.”

Advice on flooding and the latest flood warnings are available on the website of the Environment Agency (opens new window).

The Environment Agency (opens new window) has issued the following advice:

*Avoid walking or driving through flood water.

*Be aware that flooding can cause manhole covers to come off.

*Keep children and vulnerable people out of flood water.

*Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks.

*Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high.

*Take care crossing culverts as they are dangerous when flooded.

*Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.

*Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch flood water as it may be contaminated.