Safety team to inspect river following Lincoln dad's death
A river maintenance team is set to inspect a part of the River Witham, where a man drowned in front of his partner and three-year-old son, to see if the body of water is dangerous.
Maksim Petrovs, who was originally from Latvia, decided to take a swim during a family picnic by the river on August 18 but failed to return to the surface after he attempted an underwater backflip.
Police, firefighters, paramedics and the air ambulance were called to the scene but Mr Petrovs was later declared dead at Lincoln County Hospital.
His partner Olga Kirillova, who was there with their 3-year-old son, Daniel, has called for the river to be cleared of rubbish.
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Speaking through an interpreter, she said: "In that water there are lots of trolleys, it is all dirty down there.
"We think he swallowed something like green stuff, there is loads of green stuff in the river.
"I want that river to be cleaned of all the metal and everything, there are lots of things inside.
"I don't want to see anybody drown there again."
The Canal and River Trust is responsible for looking after more than 2,000 miles of waterways throughout the country, including the River Witham.
A spokesperson said the organisation would examine the area following the tragic incident.
Stuart Gadsby, maintenance manager for the trust, said: "We're saddened to hear of the death of a man who was pulled from the River Witham and our thoughts are with his family and friends. We are sending our team down to the site and will liaise with the emergency services as required."
The inspection has been booked in the organisation's schedule and is expected to take place in the next few weeks.
The Echo understands it will focus on whether there are any obstructions in the river.
Ms Kirillova said Mr Petrovs had been drinking alcohol before he decided to take a swim.
Following his death, Lincolnshire Police warned people not to swim in ponds, rivers and open water, especially after they have been drinking.
An inquest into Mr Petrovs' death was opened on Thursday, August 22.
The full inquest hearing is expected to take place in January.