Teenage boy dies after river rescue in Redditch

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A TEENAGER has died from drowning in Redditch this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the River Arrow, near Church Hill, where three teenage boys were reportedly in difficulty in a lake at the park at 12.20pm.

Two of the teenagers were quickly recovered from the water but a search was carried out for two hours before the third was found.

Paramedics immediately began resuscition and he was taken to Alexandra Hospital, where he was later confirmed dead.

An ambulance crew, responder paramedic, the Hazardous Area Response Team, MERIT and Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Two teenage boys were recovered from the water and treated for minor injuries by ambulance staff. They were later discharged to the care of parents at the scene.

"The specialist HART team were in wet suits and joined other emergency services in a search of the water for nearly two hours.

"A third teenager was eventually located and brought to safety where medics commenced immediate resuscitation and advance life support.

“The patient was taken by ambulance to Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient. A MERIT doctor travelled to the hospital with the patient and crew.

“It is understood that the patient was later confirmed deceased at the hospital.”

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