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Boy, 15, found dead in canal as drowning death toll during heatwave hits 11

Copyright Ben Lack Photography LtdEmergency services at the scene of another drowning in the UK this evening in. Knottingley, West Yorkshire. The body of a teenage boy was pulled from the lock around 7pm this evening. Words Mark Lister.Pic Ben Lack 07970 850611??150 minimum use, irrespective of any previous use. ??50 for internet use, irrespective of any previous use.
The body was pulled from the canal lock in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, yesterday evening (Picture: Ben Lack/YappApp)

A 15-year-old boy has been found dead in a canal on the hottest day of the year.

This latest tragedy in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, has prompted a police warning following 11 deaths in water during the heatwave so far.

The teenager’s body was recovered from the canal yesterday afternoon by officers who are appealing for information about how he ended up in the water.

People hoping to cool off in the sun are being warned about the dangers of open water following a number of fatalities linked to the warm weather.

On Saturday, a man swimming in the sea near Blackpool drowned after getting into difficulty.

Two teenagers died in water in Greater Manchester and Oxfordshire on Sunday, along with a man in his 50s who was pulled from the River Ouse in York.

Another man’s body was also recovered from a lake at Crookes Valley Park in Sheffield.

Rescuers in Derbyshire found a body at the flooded Victory Quarry near Buxton.

Serious incident at Salford Quays
A teenager’s body was recovered from Salford Quays in Greater Manchester on Sunday (Picture: MEN Media)
Divers searching the water at Crookes Valley Park have sadly found a body, police have confirmed. Emergency services were called to the park in Sheffield - which has a large lake in its centre - at 7.31pm last night (Sunday) following reports a man had got into difficulty in the water. A huge response ensued as police vehicles and four fire engines immediately responded to the call.
Rescuer searching the water at Crookes Valley Park in Sheffield found a body (Picture: MEN Media)

On Monday, a swimmer died in a lake at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

In east Devon, a woman in her 60s sadly died after being pulled from the water at Axmouth harbour.

Yesterday, a body was found in the River Weaver, Cheshire, in the search for a missing 16-year-old boy.

Mohammad Hamid, 16, who drowned in the River Eden in Carlisle on Sunday, and Ngapee Merenga, 19, who died in Salford Quays, are among the victims to have been named.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson said: ‘This has been a tragic incident in which a boy has sadly lost his life and I would like to advise people of the dangers posed by open water.

‘Even on days as hot as we have had recently, canals can still be very cold and cold water can cause cramps in even the strongest swimmers.

‘Currents created by boats and water movements around locks and weirs can also be dangerous. There may also be items lurking beneath the surface that could cause injury.’

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