Boy, two, found unresponsive in nature reserve lake has now died in hospital

Boy, two, found unresponsive in nature reserve lake has now died in hospital 1 Firefighters dramatically fished the toddler out of the water at Swanwick Lake as emergency services dashed to the scene on Sunday evening.

A two-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in a lake at a nature reserve has died in hospital.

Firefighters dramatically fished the toddler out of the water at Swanwick Lake, near Fareham, Hampshire, as emergency services dashed to the scene on Sunday evening.

The boy was rushed 12 miles by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, where he was then said to be in a ‘critical but stable condition’.

But today Hampshire Constabulary revealed he had died from his injuries.  

An 18-year-old man, who is understood to have been with the boy, was arrested earlier this week.

He has since been bailed until June 27 while enquiries continue.

Hampshire Constabulary refused to explain to MailOnline on what the teenager had been arrested on suspicion of, citing ‘operational reasons’. 

Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have seen how the toddler came to be in the water.

A forensic officer at the scene at Swanwick Lake in Hampshire where the boy was pulled from the water on Sunday

A forensic officer at the scene at Swanwick Lake in Hampshire where the boy was pulled from the water on Sunday

A forensic officer at the scene at Swanwick Lake in Hampshire where the boy was pulled from the water on Sunday

Hampshire Constabulary arrested an 18-year-old man from Southampton, who is known to the boy and is understood to have been with him. Police vehicles pictured at the scene

Hampshire Constabulary arrested an 18-year-old man from Southampton, who is known to the boy and is understood to have been with him. Police vehicles pictured at the scene

Hampshire Constabulary arrested an 18-year-old man from Southampton, who is known to the boy and is understood to have been with him. Police vehicles pictured at the scene 

The toddler was found unresponsive in the water at Swanwick Lake (pictured), near Fareham, Hampshire, on Sunday evening

The toddler was found unresponsive in the water at Swanwick Lake (pictured), near Fareham, Hampshire, on Sunday evening

The toddler was found unresponsive in the water at Swanwick Lake (pictured), near Fareham, Hampshire, on Sunday evening

Swanwick Lakes 

Swanwick Lakes is a 36-hectare nature reserve in Swanwick in Hampshire

Swanwick Lakes is a 36-hectare nature reserve in Swanwick in Hampshire

Swanwick Lakes is a 36-hectare nature reserve in Swanwick in Hampshire

Swanwick Lakes is a 36-hectare nature reserve in Swanwick in Hampshire. 

It is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

The site was once a clay pit for a local brick works.

It is described by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust as ‘a beautiful oasis for nature in an otherwise urban area. A mixture of woodland, lakes and meadows attracts a large array of species’. 

The lakes and ponds around the site are said to be prime locations for dragonflies and damselflies, ‘including unusual species such as the downy emerald’.   

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A police spokesman said: ‘We are now in a position to confirm that a boy who was found unresponsive in water at Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve has died in hospital.

‘We’re investigating the circumstances surrounding how the boy came to be in the water, and officers would like to hear from anyone who was in this area between 7.45pm and 8.30pm.’

Detective Inspector Matt Gillooly, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘This is a very sad case, and our thoughts remain with the child’s family at this time.

‘We are still trying to establish exactly how this boy came to be in the water, and we are keeping an open mind regarding the circumstances.

‘As part of our investigation, we want to speak to everyone who was at the reserve between 7.45pm and 8.30pm. We know there was a female dogwalker with a small dog in the area at this time.

‘Was this you? Please call us if you were there. Equally, we want to identify everyone who was there as any information, no matter how small, could prove significant.’

Police said the 18-year-old man from Southampton, ‘who is known to the boy’, has been bailed until June 27 while enquiries continue.

People living near Swanwick Lake told how they saw more than 16 emergency service vehicles – including an air ambulance – rush to the scene on Sunday night.

A local woman said she believed some of the the water near where the boy was found could become ‘tidal’.

She said: ‘People are silly down there and it’s very tidal.’

General view of Swanwick Lake as a body was found in the water on Sunday night

General view of Swanwick Lake as a body was found in the water on Sunday night

General view of Swanwick Lake as a body was found in the water on Sunday night

General view of Swanwick Lake as a body was found in the water on Sunday night

General view of Swanwick Lake as a body was found in the water on Sunday night

General view of Swanwick Lake as a body was found in the water on Sunday night

The 36 hectare site of Swanwick Lakes was once a clay pit for a local brick works

The 36 hectare site of Swanwick Lakes was once a clay pit for a local brick works

The 36 hectare site of Swanwick Lakes was once a clay pit for a local brick works

A man who lives around 100 yards from the lakes said he saw around six police cars, two ambulances, fire engines and and also heard the air ambulance.

He said: ‘There were about five or six police cars, two ambulances and I heard the air ambulance above.

‘It was such a scene that all the local people came out to see what was going on.

‘We thought it was some sort of exercise to do with NATS which is the air traffic control centre down by the lake.’

NATS is the main air navigation provider in the UK and its Swanwick control centre – which is next to the lake – is one of two in the country.

The 36 hectare site of Swanwick Lakes was once a clay pit for a local brick works.

It is described by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust as ‘a beautiful oasis for nature in an otherwise urban area. A mixture of woodland, lakes and meadows attracts a large array of species’.

The lakes and ponds around the site are said to be prime locations for dragonflies and damselflies, ‘including unusual species such as the downy emerald’.

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