Rescuers remove Mr Darcy from his place in the lake. Photo: Kinder MRT

Rescuers remove Mr Darcy from his place in the lake. Photo: Kinder MRT

Rescuers had to wade into ankle-deep water to help a romantic character from his place in the middle of a lake.

The 12ft-high sculpture of Jane Austen’s hero Mr Darcy was removed yesterday by team members from the lake in front of the National Trust’s historic house at Lyme Park in Cheshire.

The charity called in Kinder and Glossop Mountain Rescue Teams and Cheshire Search and Rescue to take the figure from the ornamental lake.

The sculpture was installed last year to mark the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, and featured the ‘wet shirt’ look modelled by Colin Firth in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of the novel.

Darren Wallis from Kinder team, who was involved in the ‘rescue’ of Fitzwilliam Darcy, said: “The water turned out to be just about ankle depth and the Mr Darcy was held down by about 14 concrete blocks which were easily removed before dismantling the scaffold frame and floating him about 10m to the shore.”

The National Trust site, at Disley on the edge of the Peak District, was used as the setting for the BBC production. The grade-one listed building dates largely from the 16th century.

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