Former BBC radio presenter Michael Carey dies aged 87 after river rescue

Former BBC radio presenter Michael Carey dies aged 87 after river rescue

Michael Carey, a former presenter for BBC Radio Derby, has died at the age of 87 after being rescued from a river.

On Saturday morning, Carey was rescued from the River Derwent in Darley Abbey Mills, Derbyshire Police said.

Carey was from the local area, with police issuing an appeal for any information that members of the public may have been nearby between 8.30am and 9.20am on the day.

Police officers are currently investigating how he might have found himself in the water.

He was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards, the BBC reported.

Carey worked on a radio programme called Memorable Melodies for nearly two decades before stepping down from his role in 2019.

The force continued: ‘Officers are continuing to carry our enquiries into the circumstances around how he got into the water.’

Aftab Gulzar, the executive editor at BBC Radio Derby, paid homage to Carey’s ‘incredible life’, having also worked as an author and a national cricket correspondent.

‘He was a reserved man but if you got him on to some subjects like music, cricket or his dogs, then you’d be there chewing the fat for some time,’ he said, adding that Carey was a ‘constant professional’ when he was prepping for his radio programme.

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