Redditch Boy Drowns at Beauty Spot on One of the Sunniest Days of the Year

sailboatTributes have been paid to a teenage boy who drowned after getting into difficulty while swimming at a busy beauty spot with friends on one of the sunniest days of the year.

Richard Fellows, 15, was pulled from the water by rescue crews at Arrow Valley Countryside Centre, in Redditch, Worcestershire, yesterday following a two-hour search effort.

Friends desperately tried to help the teenager while the park was full of people on one of the sunniest days of the year so far. Within hours, almost 1,500 people had joined a Facebook group set up in memory of Richard.

A combined response unit of police, fire and ambulance services, including a Midlands Air Ambulance helicopter, attended the scene after they received the call at around 12.20pm.

Emergency services managed to pull Richard from the water, and performed emergency resuscitation, but he was pronounced dead when he arrived at Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.

Ambulance staff also treated two other teenage boys who were recovered from the water.

Water Safety Map would like to send out condolences to Richard’s family as well as to advise everyone to take precautions when swimming in open water.

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