Boy, 13, critical after rescue from canal

A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after nearly drowning in a canal, prompting a police investigation.

Emergency services were called to Lock 62 of the Rochdale to Manchester canal in Middleton at 20:07 BST on Sunday and rescued the boy from the water.

He was resuscitated on the towpath before being taken to hospital.

Police are investigating how the boy, who was playing with friends, came to fall into the water.

'Extremely dangerous'

Insp Andy Butterworth said: "We are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

"We will be supporting the boy's family and we hope to be able to give them all of the answers they deserve.

"We are reminding children and adults alike that the canals and waterways around Greater Manchester are extremely dangerous.

"We understand it can be very tempting, especially in this hot weather, to play in them but we don't want a repeat of this awful incident."

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