Two teens become latest tragic heatwave drowning deaths as toll reaches 24

The tragic deaths of two teenagers this week has brought the drowning death toll during the heatwave to 24 in total.

A 19-year-old man from Preston was rescued from the sea in St Anne's near Blackpool but he later died and Connor Markward, 16, died after drowning in Loch Lomond.

The 19-year-old was swimming in open water during the heatwave but got into trouble in the water and had to be rescued by emergency services.

Lancashire constabulary said in a statement that they were called to St Anne's Pier at about 7:20pm on Friday evening following reports of a person drowning in the Ribble Estuary.

The coastguard and emergency services rescued the teenager and he was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but he sadly died a short time later.

Connor Markward, the 16-year-old who drowned in Loch Lomond, Ballcok Country Park, died at about 7pm last night after getting into trouble in the water in West Dunbartonshire.

Rescue boats and emergency services rushed to help but the schoolboy could not be saved and his body was recovered from the water.

Charities had issued warnings about the dangers of open water swimming this week and the Royal Life Saving Society UK has said it is aware of 24 incidents of accidental loss of life in the water during the heatwave.

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The tragic wave of deaths have risen as a result of the scorching 32C temperatures which hit parts of the UK this week.

As well as the two most recent tragedies, a 13-year-old boy drowned in a lake and a 55-year-old Dad drowned in front of his two children during a trip to the seaside.

Another teenage boy drowned in the River Trent, Derbyshire, around 11:30am on Tuesday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, 15-year-old Caden Taylor failed to surface after plunging into the Knottingley and Goole Canal in West-Yorkshire.

A man in his 20s died after being pulled from the sea at Crosby beach, Merseyside and a man drowned at Stanborough Lakes in Hertfordshire in Tuesday.

Authorities have issued several warnings about the dangers of swimming in open waters to cool down during the heatwave.

RLSS UK's charity director, Lee Heard, said: "Whilst we recognise how tempting it is to cool off in the UK's beautiful waterways, they hide hazards that tragically take lives each year and we urge the public to use caution when entering the water, getting acclimatised to the water temperature before jumping in.

"The Royal Life Saving Society UK urge everyone to learn vital skills and knowledge to prevent future accidental drownings."

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