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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK
Flooding victim dies in hospital
A view of Wicker in central Sheffield
The man tried to pull himself out of the water, police said
Several passers-by tried to rescue a man who died in flood waters in Sheffield, police have revealed.

Peter Harding, 68, from Burngreave, was walking home with a friend when he got into difficulty in the Wicker area of the city on Monday.

Police said the men reached a natural dip under a railway bridge when the water rose "extremely quickly".

Mr Harding was dragged from the water by passers-by, who tried to revive him, but he died in hospital.

Det Ch Insp Steve Williams, who is leading the enquiry into Mr Harding's death, said: "The victim was with another man and the water level rose from ankle deep to chest deep.

"Soon both men were paddling and trying to pull themselves along the side of the bridge wall.

"However the 68-year-old got into difficulty. The other man tried to assist, but was unable to pull the victim from the flood. He got to the side and shouted for help."

Two people involved in the rescue attempt were taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged. Mr Harding's friend was unhurt.

Detectives have appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

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