19th Nov, 2018

UPDATE - Search resumes for teenager missing after going swimming in disused quarry

Laura Kearns 27th Jul, 2018 Updated: 27th Jul, 2018

THE SEARCH for a 17-year-old boy who went missing while swimming at a former quarry is has resumed this morning (Friday).

The alarm was raised at ‘The Blue Pool’ near the village of Bishop Itchington shortly after 6.30pm yesterday (Thursday). It is believed the teenager got into difficulties while swimming.

Water rescue teams and emergency services were stood down last night but have once again begun carrying out searches in the former 90-acre lime quarry.

The B4451 Station Road leading into the village near Southam has been closed since Thursday with fire engines, including one towing a trailer full of canoes, and an ambulance towing a motor boat, seen passing through heading to the lake.

The teenager’s family are aware and being supported by officers.

Warwickshire Police Insp Rupert Atkinson is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “We continue to search the area with specialist teams and the support of a number of partners.

“There is a lot of speculation on social media and we would ask that people respect the family’s privacy.

“We would also encourage anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward. Any information, no matter how small it may seem, could be pivotal as we continue our search.”

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service were also at the scene on Thursday.

A spokesman said: “Crews were told a teenage male had got into difficulty in the water.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with Warwickshire Fire Service and Warwickshire Police to begin searching for the teenager.

“Sadly, all of our resources were stood down for the night without the patient having been found.

“Specialist water rescue teams have returned to the site this morning to continue the search.

“The family of the missing teenager continue to be supported by specialist officers from Warwickshire Police.”

Call police on 101 with any information.

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