Lancashire

Foulridge reservoir death: James Goodship identified

James Goodship Image copyright Police handout
Image caption James' body was found following a search of the water by police divers

A 17-year-old boy who drowned after getting into difficulties at a reservoir in Lancashire has been identified as James Goodship.

He was one of seven people who got on to a floating jetty at Burwain Sailing Club, Foulridge, two miles (3.2km) north of Colne.

His body was found at about 05:40 BST following a search of the water by police divers.

Lancashire Police said the alarm had been raised just after 19:30 on Sunday.

The other six people who had been with the teenager managed to scramble to safety with one taken by ambulance to hospital for a check-up.

'Urged to swim'

One witness said she saw a young woman running up and down the bank.

"She was shouting at him telling him to swim but he just gave up," said the woman.

Image caption The 17-year-old was one of seven people who got on to a floating jetty

"You don't realise at that age the water is that cold. He probably thought he could swim - it doesn't look so far but it is a long way," the woman added.

The tragedy happened on the eve of a new United Utilities water safety campaign warning youngsters in north-west England about the dangers of swimming in reservoirs and other waterways.

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