Monday 22 December 2014

Twin, six, dies after canal plunge

Published 20/03/2013 | 15:36

A six-year-old girl has died after plunging into a canal as she played with her twin brother.

Imie Harrison was pulled from the water by police officers and a member of the public at about 6.20pm on Tuesday. She was resuscitated by medics at the scene.

Her twin brother, who has not been named, dashed for help when his sister and two other friends - also both aged six - ended up in the water.

One of the other children is understood to have jumped in to help after Imie and another youngster fell into the canal at Springfield Park near Wolverley Court Lock in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police said Imie was in the water for "some time" before she was rescued.

West Midlands Ambulance Service crews immediately worked to resuscitate the girl, who was in cardiac arrest, and then rode to hospital with her as she was airlifted by police helicopter.

Imie Harrison died after she fell into a canal at Springfield Park in Kidderminster (West Mercia Police/PA)
Imie Harrison died after she fell into a canal at Springfield Park in Kidderminster (West Mercia Police/PA)
Tributes are left at the scene by Worcestershire Canal in Springfield Park

She died a short while after arriving at Birmingham Children's Hospital. The other two children were treated for hypothermia and taken to hospital, where they are expected to make a full recovery.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police, said Imie's family had been left "devastated" by what appeared to be "an extremely tragic accident". "We are working hard to establish exactly how Imie came to be in the water."

Lawrence Gittins, headteacher of Imie's school St John's Church of England Primary in Kidderminster, said everyone had been left "deeply saddened" by the girl's death.

He added: "She was a much-loved and talented girl and we will miss her very much. At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Imie, and all of the pupils and staff who knew her at school. We will offer all the support we possibly can to all those affected."

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