Friday, 1 Mar 2024

Boy, 16, dies in canal after entering the water on the hottest day of the year

A teenager has been found dead in a canal after entering the water on what was so far the hottest day of the year, police have said.

The alarm was raised after the boy, who has not been named, failed to resurface from the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Burnley, Lancashire.

The 16-year-old had entered the water near Empire Way in the town on Saturday.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at 4.20pm, sparking a frantic search of the canal.

But it ended three hours later, when his body was recovered just before 7.20pm.

Lancashire Police confirmed the tragic death in a statement on Sunday, but did not release any further details about his identity.

A force spokesperson said: ‘A 16-year-old boy was pronounced deceased at the scene and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this distressing time.

‘Our inquiries are continuing.’

It comes as the UK reached its hottest temperatures on Saturday when 32.7°C was reported in Heathrow.

The Met Office later said the country had an unprecedented seventh consecutive day of 30°C heat on Sunday.

An amber heat health alert was also in place for much of the week, covering the capital, the south east, the south west, the east and west midlands, the east, the north west, and Yorkshire and Humber.

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