A teenager has become the fourth swimmer to drown in open water during the recent summer heatwave. Spencer Hurst, 15, did not resurface after entering the water in Pelsall, near Walsall.  He was later pulled from the lake and declared dead at the scene yesterday evening. Spencer’s sister Hollie said: ‘We are all just in shock at the moment. We were very close. The police haven’t really told us anything but we know that he drowned and was in the water for around an hour.’

Hours earlier tributes were paid to another teenager who drowned in a reservoir when he tried to cool off on the hottest day of the year. The youngster, named on social media as Paul Lawson, was pulled from Greenbooth Reservoir, a moorland beauty spot outside Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

On Monday, an elderly swimmer died after being dragged from the sea on East Wittering beach in Sussex. Fellow beach-goers tried to save the pensioner, believed to be in her 80s, after she was pulled from the water, but she died on the sand.  On Saturday, a hillwalker aged 50 collapsed and died while walking on Coniston Old Man in the Lake District.

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