Thursday 22 February 2018

Body of 11-year-old boy pulled from English canal

Stonerow Way. Picture: Google Maps
Stonerow Way. Picture: Google Maps

Scott D'Arcy

The body of an 11-year-old boy has been pulled from a canal in Rotherham.

South Yorkshire Police said the boy was seen entering the water off Stone Row Way at around 7pm on Thursday but disappeared shortly afterwards.

Specialist emergency services teams, including crews from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, recovered the boy's body at around 11pm.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "His family has been informed and are being supported by officers.

"The circumstances are under investigation."

There was no sign of police activity on Friday morning at the scene of the tragedy, which is behind the large Parkgate retail park, in Rotherham.

The rescue operation is understood to have taken place in a stretch of the South Yorkshire Navigation close to a path which crosses the canal over a metal bridge.

The path links the retail park with the Eastwood area of Rotherham but there are no houses or other buildings in the immediate vicinity.

The bridge taking the path over the canal is one of three next to each other also taking the track across the River Don and the main Doncaster to Sheffield railway line, which all run parallel to each other.

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