Teenager dies despite Nottingham lake rescue effort

Rescue teams in water Image copyright Shane Wightman
Image caption Fire crews, the air ambulance and a specialist dive team were called to the lake

A teenager has died after swimming in a lake at a Nottingham watersports centre.

Fire, ambulance crews, a police helicopter and underwater dive team were called to Colwick Park Marina just after 14:00 BST.

Officers said they were told the 16-year-old boy swam out to a buoy and dived down but did not resurface.

He was pulled from the water at 15:20 and taken to hospital but was confirmed dead at 16:00.

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Image caption The boy reportedly left his clothes on one of these benches before swimming out

Police said the teenager left his clothes on a bench and swam out to a buoy.

He then dived down and the alarm was raised when he did not reappear.

Over the weekend a man was rescued from the water at Colwick, which prompted a warning from the city council about the dangers of open water.

Insp Craig Nolan from Nottinghamshire Police said: "It is quite murky under there and quite reedy.

"It is a beautiful setting and a beautiful day and lots of people come here to visit.

"The temptation to jump in is very great but it is too dangerous and the result can be a tragedy like this."

Entry to the park has been affected and a planned swimming event has been cancelled.

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