Toddler dies after being found in paddling pool

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<p>A police officer</p> (PA Archive)

A police officer

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A toddler has died after being found unresponsive in a paddling pool.

The 23-month-old boy was discovered in the pool at a property in Somercotes, Derbyshire, at about 1.30pm on Wednesday.

He was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital, where he died "despite the best efforts of staff", a spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said on Friday.

In a statement, police said: "Officers were called to reports that a 23-month-old boy had been found unresponsive in a paddling pool in Nottingham Road, Somercotes, at around 1.30pm on June 2.

"The boy was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital, however, despite the best efforts of staff, he sadly passed away.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult of times.”

The police added that they are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances around the incident on behalf of the coroner.

It comes amid a surge in water-related tragedies, as temperatures reached over 25C across the UK this week.

On Tuesday, Thomas (Tomi) Solomo, died after he struggled in the River Calder in Brighouse, about 4.5 miles north of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

The 13-year-old had been playing with friends when the tragedy occurred at about 2.30pm on Tuesday.

His body was later recovered.

On May 28, Samuel Haycock died at Ulley Reservoir, just south of Rotherham in South Yorkshire after the 16-year-old jumped in to try to save a friend, even though he couldn’t swim.

The incidents have resulted in emergency services and other organisations issuing water safety reminders and warnings.

Stewart Nicholson, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said last week: "Too many young lives are needlessly lost in open water every year.

"Our message couldn’t be clearer - please, please stay out of the water and stick to swimming pools or organised swimming groups instead."

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