Lincolnshire

Toddler dies in Skegness caravan park lake

A toddler has died after ending up in a lake at a Lincolnshire caravan park.

The 19-month-old boy, whose family are from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was found in a lake at the Skegness Water and Leisure Park on Saturday afternoon.

Sgt Andy Hickinbottom, of Lincolnshire Police, said the boy wandered away from his parents and was missing for a short time before being found in the water.

He said: "It appears to be a terrible and tragic accident."

'Heartfelt sympathies'

Sgt Hickinbottom, who is based at Skegness police station, said: "The little boy wandered from his parents for a matter of minutes and was missing for a very short time before being found in the water.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family."

An eyewitnesses said: "We'd seen something in the water but we thought is was just Wellington (boots) just bobbing around.

"We realised a man went over there - and the next minute he came running straight across and he literally dived into the water and that is when the baby was dragged out."

The boy was taken to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A force spokeswoman said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

John Chappell, company group manager for the park, said: "We are all deeply shocked at this terrible accident.

"It is the first such accident that has occurred at the park in the 21 years that we have been open and, although we stress to campers when they arrive that there are lakes on site, we will be carrying out a full and thorough investigation into what happened."

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