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A British boy has died while on a family camping holiday in northern France (stock photo)
A British boy has died while on a family camping holiday in northern France (stock photo)

By Henry Vaughan

A British boy has died while on a family camping holiday in northern France.

The child, who is believed to be aged 12 and from East Yorkshire, reportedly got into difficulty in a lake in Berny-Riviere.

After being found unconscious at around 6.30pm on Thursday, he was taken to hospital in Paris by helicopter, but did not survive, according to local media.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of a British child, who has died in France and are in contact with the French authorities."

The campsite, which is located in the Picardy region to the north-east of Paris, is understood to be managed by the European Camping Group and is popular with British holidaymakers.

Eurocamp is one of the tour operators which occupies a position on the site, although the boy and his family were not travelling with the company. A spokeswoman for the firm said: "Eurocamp are profoundly saddened to learn of the tragic incident that occurred onsite at La Croix du Vieux Pont yesterday.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.

"We are actively cooperating with the campsite operator, the tour operator with whom the family are travelling, and with local authorities to determine the precise circumstances that led to the accident."

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