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Farndon teenager Mckinley Day drowns on US holiday

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A 14-year-old boy from Cheshire has drowned while on holiday with his family in the United States, police have confirmed.

Mckinley Day, from Farndon, died in the Beaver river in Croghan, New York state, during an outing with friends and relatives on Friday.

Lewis County Sheriff's Department said he was in a canoe when it tipped over.

Mckinley's parents Lesley and Adam put a message on his Facebook page in which they said they were "devastated".

"We will always love and miss you," they said.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's department said: "He was out in a canoe with another person and it tipped over and the other person was able to swim to shore but he wasn't."

The Watertown Daily Times newspaper said the teenager drowned while canoeing in a quiet pool downstream from a set of rapids with his younger brother and a family friend.

It said off-duty Idaho state trooper Thomas Wright and his niece, Elizabeth Wright, a trained lifeguard, found Mckinley eight feet under water minutes after he called for help.

Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was later pronounced dead at Lewis County General Hospital in nearby Lowville, the newspaper said.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Croghan on 12 August.

"We are providing consular assistance. The death involved a minor."

Mckinley was on holiday with his mother and younger brother, Mitchell.

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