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13-year-old boy dies following drowning incident in Down

A 13-year-old boy has died following an incident at a lake in Scarva, in the Canal Court area of Co Down.

The scene was attended by emergency services at approximately 3:30pm yesterday afternoon.

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The PSNI along with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Air Ambulance NI attended the scene of the incident. The charity air ambulance was also dispatched to the incident.

The boy, whose death is not currently being treated as suspicious, was taken to Craigavon Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

It is understood that the boy was out swimming with a group of friends in the lake when he got into difficulty.

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A group commander for the NIFRS ‘Gary Magwood’ stated, “Our condolences go out to the family, this is a traumatic incident including for the crews who were from the local area and were known to the family,”.

Magwood also urged people to be aware of the dangers and risks that are involved with swimming in cold water and that people should familiarise themselves with all aspects of water safety as there have been six water-related fatalities in the UK over the weekend.

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