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Two people bailed over death of boy, five, at water park

Published 25/07/2016

A boy died at University Hospital, Coventry, after an incident at a water park
A boy died at University Hospital, Coventry, after an incident at a water park

Two people arrested after the death of a five-year-old boy at a water park have been bailed.

The pair, believed to be his mother and stepfather, were held after the child, named locally as Charlie Dunn, died in hospital following the incident at Bosworth Water Park.

It has been claimed an 11-year-old boy pulled him out of the lagoon, having discovered his lifeless body at around 3.50pm on Saturday.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: "Our investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death are ongoing. The two people arrested in connection with the incident and have now been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

"We would continue to ask people not to speculate about the incident and the circumstances surrounding the death and leave the authorities to carry out their investigations."

Eyewitnesses took to social media to describe what they saw - p osting on Facebook, Sheena Thomas said: "My 11-year-old nephew pulled this lil boy from the water after feeling his hair whilst searching for his goggles he had lost."

The outdoor attraction near Market Bosworth and Nuneaton includes 50 acres of parkland and 20 acres of lakes and lagoons for boating, fishing and sailing, according to its website.

A statement issued on the Facebook page of the park said: "From all of the staff at Bosworth Water Park, we would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this tragic loss of life."

Sharon Robinson commented on a post by the water park, saying: "Would like to thank everyone involving in trying to help the emergency services and a big thank you to Walgrave Hospital for the help and support.

"I am a family member it was my grandson please do not speculate as no one really knows what happened, but it is a very sad time for us all and a very sad loss of such a young life."

Witness Raegan Birley said on the social media site: "We were quite near and were totally shaken seeing this happen.

"To everyone that helped, you worked so so hard, it must be devastating to see this news.

"To this little boy's family I am so so sorry. Things can change in seconds and this must be horrific for any family to go through."

Penny Broughton said: "I was helping today with the CPR and it truly was (the) most heartbreaking thing I've done."

Melanie Allen posted: "Saw this horrible tragedy yesterday and will never get those images out of my head."

Officers have asked that anyone who witnessed the incident or those who have footage at the park around the blue lagoon beach to call 101, quoting incident 440 of July 23.

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