THE family of a 28-year-old autistic man who drowned on an activity day at King’s Mill Reservoir are demanding answers into the cause of his death.
Majid Akhtar, of Nottingham, who had a mental age of four and needed constant care, is believed to have entered the reservoir while on a walk.
He was on an activity trip from Springwood Day Centre, Mapperley, at the time of the incident last Monday.
Speaking to the media, his brother Abid Akhtar said Majid and others were offered a boat trip which Majid refused and tragedy struck at some point during a walk around the lake.
Majid’s other brother, Wajid Akhtar, said: “There is anger, there is devastation, there is a big shock. We know that he had a learning disability but he was fit and healthy and we just cannot come to terms with how it happened, why it happened.”
“He was always so full of joy and had a smile on his face. Very humble. This needs to be looked into so that it does not happen to anyone else,” said Wajid.
Ian Curryer, Nottingham City Council’s director of adult social services, said: “I can confirm that a service user at Springwood Day Centre died while on a regular activity day at King’s Mill Reservoir on Monday 10th September.
“I extend my deepest sympathy to his family. We have asked the police to investigate and referred the matter to the Health and Safety Executive. We have begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death but it is too early to comment further at this stage.”
A police spokesman said an investigation was underway following the death.
She added: “Detectives are liaising closely with the man’s family, the city council and the coroner to establish the circumstances surrounding the death and the events leading up to it.”
An Ashfield District Council spokesman confirmed the lake was owned by the authority.
She said: “The authority was made aware of the incident early in the afternoon of Tuesday 11th September.
“The management and welfare of groups visiting the reservoir under the control of other authorities rests with those organisations. That being said, the council will extend any support it can to any agencies involved.
“Ashfield District Council understands that the Health and Safety Executive is involved in the enquiries and will in due course engage with the executive.”