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Two arrested over Bosworth Water Park death

Charlie Dunn Image copyright SWNS
Image caption The boy has been named locally as Charlie Dunn

A five-year-old boy has died in a suspected drowning at a water park.

The boy, named locally as Charlie Dunn, from Tamworth, was at Bosworth Water Park, with his family on Saturday when he was seen in the park's Blue Lagoon.

He was taken to hospital but later died. A man and woman have been arrested and remain in custody, Leicestershire Police said.

One woman, who was at the park with her daughter, said she saw CPR being done on a little boy next to the water.

Image caption Police said the five-year-old boy died in hospital after visiting Bosworth Water Park

Samantha Scott said: "I'm not sure myself how the incident happened, there were a lot of children in the water yesterday, most with adults.

"The water was so murky with all the sand, if anyone had gone under, you wouldn't have been able to see them at all.

"I wouldn't let either of mine go in further than their knees as the water had stones underneath it too and both girls cut their feet. It looked very deep in the middle.

"The first we saw was a gentleman performing CPR, everyone had gone quiet and you could tell we were all listening for a cry or any sign everything was OK.

"The air ambulance arrived but we left just as they flew off."

Image caption People have started to lay flowers by the Blue Lagoon beach at the water park

Another eyewitness, Olivia Quinn, said the scene was "horrific".

"It hasn't left my mind seeing the boy's body on the ground and seeing people try to save him by giving him CPR," said Miss Quinn.

"Everyone was in shock, crying and praying for the little boy. The ambulance took a while to come as it was so busy with people everywhere and cars all around the park.

"It wasn't looking good as it must have been 30 minutes a man was still trying with CPR.

"When I saw the boy's body being moved on the stretcher into the ambulance, I could see paramedics still giving CPR in the ambulance. A few cars followed the ambulance and I was thinking to myself that must be the parents."

Image caption Any witnesses have been asked to contact police

David Hardziejewz, who came to lay flowers by the Blue Lagoon and saw what happened on Saturday, said he had been to the park several times and never seen "anything like this before".

"I must say though, I think they need a lifeguard here or something.

"[I came to lay flowers] because I've got a son too and it's really sad."

Owner Nigel Riley said it was a "dreadful incident" and the park in Market Bosworth reopened on Sunday.

A statement on its Facebook page said: "From all of the staff at Bosworth Water Park we would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this tragic loss of life."

Police have asked people "not to speculate" about the circumstances of the death.

Any witnesses who may have seen what happened should contact the force, especially if they have any video footage from Saturday of the Blue Lagoon beach area.

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