Tovil River Medway fall boy dies

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A 12-year-old boy has died after falling into the River Medway in Kent.

The emergency services were called to Stampers Park, in Tovil, at 1430 BST after a passer-by jumped in to save the boy but could not locate him.

The youngster's body was pulled from the water by fire crews at 1615 BST but paramedics were unable to revive him.

He was taken to Maidstone General Hospital where after further resuscitation attempts he was confirmed dead just over an hour later.

Police officers attended the incident along with two water safety unit boat teams from Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

The Kent and Essex Police helicopter also attended to provide support to officers on the ground, while the Environment Agency provided a cordon in the water to prevent non-rescue boats from entering the area.

Kent Police said the boy's family had been informed and the coroner notified.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place in the next few days.

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