Boy, 11, drowns while playing with friends at park in absolute tragedy

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An 11-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty while playing with friends in water at a park in Scotland.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at Alexander Hamilton Memorial Park in South Lanarkshire on Saturday.

He is believed to have been playing with his friends when he fell into the water, the Daily Record reports.

A massive search was launched after the alarm was raised at around 4.30pm in the afternoon.

Locals have told how emergency services descended on the park moments after tragedy struck.

One said: "It's an absolute tragedy.

"The boy was with friends when he fell into the river. He was so young – it's tragic."

Another said: “I saw all the emergency services speeding down the road and knew something awful had happened.

“The poor family, it’s terrible.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police were called around 4.30pm on Saturday, 24 July, 2021 following the report of a concern for person in the water at Alexander Hamilton Memorial Park in Stonehouse.

"Emergency services attended and a male youth was recovered from water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Formal identification has still to take place but the family of an 11-year-old boy have been made aware.

"A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

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The boy is the latest victim to have drowned in recent days as the UK was swept with a heatwave that saw temperatures soar into the 30s, including in Scotland.

A 19-year-old man from Preston was rescued from the sea in St Anne's near Blackpool on Friday evening but he tragically later died.

Meanwhile Connor Markward, 16, died after getting into trouble in Loch Lomond on the same evening.

Tributes have also poured in for Caden Taylor, 15, who died in a canal in Wakefield, West Yorkshire on Tuesday.

The "very popular" youngster was recovered from the water after concerns for him in the water were reported at 5.28pm.

Police said the body of a 15-year-old boy was recovered from the River Trent on the same day.

He was found at around 11.30am after emergency services were called to a person getting into difficulty in the water on Tuesday afternoon.

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