Tragedy as boy, 14, dies in canal on bank holiday swim with friends

Tragedy as 14-year-old boy dies in a canal while on bank holiday swim with friends

  • The unidentified boy was enjoying a swim in the River Aire in Hunslet, Leeds
  • His friends desperately tried to save his life before alerting emergency services 

A 14-year-old boy died after swimming in a canal over the bank holiday weekend, police have announced.

The boy, who has not yet been identified, was at the River Aire in Leeds near to George Mann Road in Hunslet, Yorkshire on Saturday.

It is understood that he disappeared out of view from the group of friends he was with.

They then desperately tried to save his life after finding him before they alerted emergency services, who arrived within minutes.

Despite all their efforts, the child’s body was pulled from the canal around an hour and a half later, according to Leeds Live.  

Pictured: George Mann Road in Hunslet, Leeds

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire police has confirmed the boy passed away.

She said: ‘At 4.32pm yesterday (Saturday), police received a concern for safety report for a male in the canal by Thwaite Lane, Leeds. Emergency services attended and recovered a teenage male from the water.

‘He received medical attention at the scene, but was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.’

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