Two drown in Chipstead Lake

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By OaksScoop | Monday, August 08, 2011, 21:39

An investigation has begun into how two men died in Chipstead Lake on Friday.

Police were called to the 74-acre lake, which stretches from Chipstead to Dunton Green, at around 7pm after reports that the men had drowned while swimming in the lake.

The men, who were both in their late 40s, are believed to have travelled down to the beauty spot from their homes in South London. Their next of kin have been informed but the names of the victims have not yet been released.

A police statement said the circumstances are not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been notified.

Although commonly known locally as Chipstead Lake, the body of water, which is fed by the River Darent, is formally known as Longford Lake.

It is home to Chipstead Sailing Club and the drive that borders the lake leads to Chipstead Lake Cheshire Home. The lake is also used by a local fishing club.

There have been a few accidents in the past when pet dogs swimming in the lake have gone missing or have drowned. It was presumed they were pulled down by carp that are found in the lake as well as bream, skimmers, roach, perch, tench and other smaller species.

Several years ago, after one incident when a dog went missing, a local angler commented that some of the carp in the lake were probably big enough to pull a small animal to the bottom.

For more on this story see this Thursday's Sevenoaks Chronicle.



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