Man in heroic bid to save partner

Police at Glasson Basin Marina on Tuesday morning.
Police at Glasson Basin Marina on Tuesday morning.
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A MAN whose partner fell into a marina jumped into the water in a bid to save her life.

Morris Reynolds plunged into Glasson Basin Marina in an attempt to save his partner Valerie Delooze, 65, but she sadly died.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene at around 5am on Tuesday, and police officers tried in vain to resuscitate Ms Delooze.

Mr Reynolds, who lived on a boat at the marina with his partner and works at the Port of Lancaster Smokehouse, was taken to hospital suffering with hypothermia.

It remains unclear how Ms Delooze fell into the water. Police are investigating the circumstances but believe her death was a tragic accident. Ms Delooze, a regular at the Victoria Inn pub, was originally from the West Country, where her children Sean and Sarah still live.

The grandmother-to-be worked in Glasson Dock’s Lantern O’er Lune cafe for several years.

Cafe owner, Caroline Tomlinson, said: “Val retired in October.

“She had worked for us for three years, since we took over. I think she had been there for six or seven years.

“Val and Morris have a narrow boat, they had been out of the water all winter, and were getting ready to leave because Morris was retiring and they were going to go off travelling.

“It’s awful, her son Sean is expecting a baby that would have been her first grandchild.

“She was a good egg and she will be sadly missed, without a shadow of a doubt.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (12-04-12) for full story.