Teenager drowns swimming with friends in a reservoir

A teenager drowned in a reservoir as he tried to cool off with friends on the hottest day of the year.  

The youngster, who has been named on social media as Paul Lawson, disappeared under the water shortly before 6pm on Monday at the Greenbooth Reservoir, a moorland beauty spot outside Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

He had reportedly got into difficulties while swimming with friends as temperatures soared above 91F.

Police and paramedics raced to the scene after the teenager's friends raised the alarm

Police and paramedics raced to the scene after the teenager's friends raised the alarm

Police and paramedics raced to the scene after the teenager’s friends raised the alarm

The youngster, who has not yet been named, disappeared under the water at the Greenbooth Reservoir, a moorland beauty spot outside Rochdale, Greater Manchester

The youngster, who has not yet been named, disappeared under the water at the Greenbooth Reservoir, a moorland beauty spot outside Rochdale, Greater Manchester

The youngster, who has not yet been named, disappeared under the water at the Greenbooth Reservoir, a moorland beauty spot outside Rochdale, Greater Manchester

The teenager had been underwater for five minutes when police were called at 5.55pm. 

Greater Manchester Police were called to the scene and an underwater search team examined the area before later discovered his body. 

Tributes have been paid to Paul on social media following news of his death. 

Thuba Mlambo said: ‘Can’t believe what I’m hearing another beautiful soul taken from this world far too soon, RIP Paul Lawson fly high with the angels, got many happy memories that I will forever cherish.’

Demi Johnson wrote: ‘R.I.P to the young lad that sadly passed away at green booth yesterday afternoon… You was taken away far to young!… Not even started life yet… R.I.P Paul Lawson… My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends and those who tried to save you!’

The youngster drowned as temperatures soared above 91F. Pictured, police at the scene 

The youngster drowned as temperatures soared above 91F. Pictured, police at the scene 

The youngster drowned as temperatures soared above 91F. Pictured, police at the scene 

Chloe Matthew said: ‘RIP Paul Lawson, taken way too soon, me you and Mia have had some good memories when we was little! All best friends, Thoughts go out to all his family and friends you will be missed.’

Aaron Hogan commented: ‘Feel so sad for the young lad who lost his life at Greenbooth today just out trying to enjoy himself in the Sun with his pals. What a cruel world. RIP’  

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, and his family were aware and are being supported by specially trained officers.

The Met Office has issued the second highest heatwave alert for all of Britain as the country endures extreme heat.

The level three amber heatwave warning is one behind a national emergency and has been issued from 9am Monday to 9am Thursday, as forecasters anticipate highs of 91.4F (33C).

On Monday the temperature reached 91F (32C) at RAF Northolt, west London.

Detective Chief Inspector John Harris of GMP’s Rochdale Borough, said: ‘My sincerest condolences are with the boy’s family at hearing this heart-wrenching news.

‘We are working closely with our partners and witnesses to the incident to understand the circumstances.’ 

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference number 1911 of 19/06/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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