South West Wales

Boy, 14, dies in Cilyrychen Quarry, Llandybie, Carmarthenshire

A 14-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulties in water at a disused quarry in Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police say the incident happened at Cilyrychen Quarry, Llandeilo Road, Llandybie, at 16:40 BST on Wednesday.

Luke Somerfield, from Ffairfach, near Llandeilo, was flown to Morriston Hospital, Swansea, but died later.

Dyfed-Powys Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. The quarry owners say it was a closed site.

Police are working to establish the details of the the incident in which the teenager had to be rescued from the water.

Officers say they are working in collaboration with other agencies to support the boy's family.

Workers at an adjoining cement mixing company said the alarm was raised with police, fire engines, ambulances and the police helicopter was called in.

The quarry, which is no longer being worked, has high walls with a lake at the base.

Although it is closed off, they say it has been used by people for swimming and climbing despite a locked gate.

Young people are also known to hold unofficial barbecues at the site.

'Deepest sympathies'

David McClelland, executive director for Tarmac's West region, confirmed there had been an incident at the quarry, which he described as a closed site.

He said: "Unfortunately, this has resulted in the death of a young boy and our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.

"We are supporting the emergency services during their ongoing investigations."

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