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Emergency services attended the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct this afternoon after reports that two men were seen swimming in the water.

Aaron Newton took the above and below picture of the incident from a boat on the canal itself, where two men ended up in the canal trough of the 126 foot aqueduct.

One image shows a man being pulled out of the aqueduct by police officers, with another being led away from the area.

A spokesperson for the Canals and Rivers Trust told Wrexham.com that the canal and aqueduct had to be closed off following reports that two men were in the water.

aqueduct Two Men Rescued From Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Water

We are told the police helicopter was seen hovering nearby and we are told by passers by the area had been closed off while the men were recovered from the canal, with an ambulance also attending the scene.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said they received two calls shortly after 1pm regarding concerns of the safety of two men seen ‘swimming’ in the aqueduct.

Police and the ambulance service attended the scene and it is believed the two men were checked over by the ambulance crew.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 1.47pm today, Monday July 21, to reports of two men in the water near Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. A paramedic in a rapid response car and a crew in an emergency ambulance attended, and a man in his 20s and a man in his 30s were given a precautionary check-up at scene.”