Teenager who died in lake named

Herald Series: Richard Fellows died after swimming with friends at Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch, Worcestershire Richard Fellows died after swimming with friends at Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch, Worcestershire

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

West Mercia Police said Richard Fellows died after swimming with friends at Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Emergency services rescued the boy, from nearby Brockhill, about two hours after the alarm was raised at about 12.20pm yesterday , but he later died in hospital.

Two other teenage boys were also rescued and treated for minor injuries at the scene.

A force 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."

The 2.5 mile-wide country park features paths and walkways and is a popular attraction with families and youngsters, with the 29-acre man-made Arrow Valley Lake at its centre, beside the course of the River Arrow.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police, 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."

A spokesman at Redditch Fire Station, which is run by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed they had attended but he was unable to give any further details .

A report is being prepared for the Worcestershire coroner.

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."

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