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Canal Death Girl's Twin Brother Raised Alarm
The twin brother of a six-year-old girl who died after plunging into a canal ran for help when she and two of her friends, also aged six, got into trouble.
Imie Harrison was pulled from the water by police officers and a member of the public at about 6.20pm on Tuesday.
Tribute has been paid to her by her head teacher, Lawrence Gittins, who said: "She was a much-loved and talented girl and we will miss her very much."
Imie was resuscitated by medics at the scene but West Mercia Police said she was in the water for "some time" before she was rescued.
One of the other children is understood to have jumped in to help after Imie and another youngster fell in near a lock on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Springfield Park, Kidderminster.
Imie, who was in cardiac arrest, was airlifted to hospital by police helicopter but died shortly after arriving at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The other two children, who have not been named, were treated for hypothermia and taken to hospital, where they are expected to make a full recovery.
Superintendent Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police, said Imie's family had been left "devastated" by what appeared to be "an extremely tragic accident".
"We are working hard to establish exactly how Imie came to be in the water."
He added: "There were four children who went over to the canal to play.
"They are young children and all clearly traumatised by what has happened and it will take some considerable time to find out what went on."
Mr Gittins, headteacher of Imie's school St John's Church of England Primary in Kidderminster, said everyone had been left "deeply saddened" by her death.
He added: "At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Imie and all of the pupils and staff who knew her at school.
"Our focus now is to help family, friends and our whole community through this difficult time."