Saturday 6th July 2013 – 6.15pm – Claire Brown.
A teenage boy has died after drowning in the lake of a disused quarry in the Malvern Hills.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest in water at Gullet Quarry near Upper Colwall shortly after 1.00pm this afternoon (Saturday). A number of resources were sent to the scene including an Officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to be told a teenage boy had failed to resurface after swimming in the lake.
“Ambulance staff split up to search the edges of the lake. The Trust’s HART paramedics teamed up with Hereford and Worcester Search and Rescue and a diving team from South Wales Police to undertake an extensive water search.
“Sadly, after a comprehensive search, the teenager was found at about 4.50pm. It quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
“This is a tragic case and our thoughts are with the boy’s family at this difficult time.
“The emergency services attend cases such as this all too often and we would urge members of the public to heed our warnings about swimming in rivers, lakes and quarries as it is extremely dangerous and can end in tragedy.”