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  • 17 March 2014, 2:24

Teen Who Drowned In Worcestershire Lake Named

A 15-year-old schoolboy who died after getting into difficulty swimming in a park lake has been named by police.

Richard Fellows was one of three teenagers who had to be rescued from a lake at Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch in Worcestershire on Sunday afternoon.

The schoolboy was taken to hospital but died later. The two other boys were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "Police, fire and the ambulance service were called to the River Arrow at just before 12.30pm following reports of a boy in difficulties in the water. The boy had been swimming with friends.

"Police officers entered the water and searched for some time together with specialist fire officers, who recovered the boy.

"Immediate medical attention was administered and later at the hospital, but despite best efforts the boy was pronounced dead later that afternoon."

Superintendent Kevin Purcell, from the force, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of Richard after this tragic incident. We pass on the request to respect the family's wishes for privacy at this time."

Tributes have been paid to the youngster on Twitter, with one reading "15 is such a cruel age to be taken from his family", while another posted: "My sincerest condolences to Richard Fellow's family, he will be sorely missed #sleeptight."

Another tribute read: "You never know when your gonna die your life can be taken from you at any moment, sad to think that it's that easy, RIP Richard Fellows."

A report is being prepared for the Worcestershire coroner.

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