Teenage boy dies in sea in Skegness as tributes paid to ‘sweetheart’ man, 21, who drowned in lake

Teenage boy dies in sea in Skegness as tributes are paid to ‘sweetheart’ man, 21, who drowned in lake in Doncaster taking heatwave death toll to 23

  • Emergency services rushed to reports that ‘a child under 16’ was in the water
  • Search was subsequently carried out, but boy’s body was recovered last night
  • It came just hours after the body of a man was pulled from a lake in Doncaster
  • He has now been named as locally as Jay Walker, described as a ‘sweetheart’

A teenage boy has died in the sea at Skegness hours after a 21-year-old man drowned in a Doncaster lake – bringing the UK’s heatwave death toll to 23.

Emergency services rushed to reports that ‘a child under 16’ was in the water at around 6.15pm on Saturday.

A search was carried out by police officers and the coastguard, before the boy’s body was tragically recovered at around 11.30pm last night.

It comes just hours after the body of a man was pulled from a lake in Doncaster yesterday evening.

An air ambulance landed as an urgent search was launched following reports a man had ‘got in to difficulty in the water’ in Lakeside, Doncaster, at around 4.10pm.

But South Yorkshire Police later confirmed a body had been recovered from the lake.

He has been named locally as Jay Walker, today described as a ‘sweetheart’ by heartbroken friends and family.

Aerial photo of the town centre of Skegness showing the pier on the sandy beach near fairground rides in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

Aerial photo of the town centre of Skegness showing the pier on the sandy beach near fairground rides in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No further details have been given about the teenager at this time.

Superintendent Lee Pache, of Lincolnshire Police, said: ‘We received a high volume of calls for missing people on the coast yesterday. 

‘At one point, within two hours, we received 10 calls.

‘All of those who were reported missing, other than the child who sadly died, were located safe and well. Our thoughts are with the boy’s family.’

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