An eight-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulties in a swimming pool at the Hambleton Leisure Centre, Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
The youngster was swimming in the council run 25 metre pool when the incident occurred. Attempts to revive him failed, and he died later in hospital.
A council spokesperson said: 'This is a tragic accident and we send out condolences to the family of this young boy. As a mark of respect, the leisure centre will be closed until further notice.'
North Yorkshire Police said: 'Police inquiries to determine the full circumstances surrounding the death are ongoing.'
Local Councillor Peter Wilkinson said the pool was busy during the summer break, but lifeguards were employed. He told reporters: 'I would say our safety record is excellent and we have never had any issues to my knowledge. I am newly-appointed to the cabinet (but) I believe we have never had a tragedy like this before, and I hope we never have another one.'
The police said they would release the youngster's name in the next 24 hours.
While this appears to have been a terrible, tragic accident, have you ever been worried that your local leisure centre doesn't have stringent enough safety measures?
Have you seen children get into difficulty and questioned the supervision in place?
Read our updated story here.
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