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Body found in search for boy at 'blue lagoon' near Stourport

By Jordan Reynolds | Stourport | News | Published:

A body has been found in the search for a 17-year-old boy who disappeared after entering a quarry pool

An aerial view of Shavers End Quarry. Photo: Google

The teenager had gone into the water at Shavers End Quarry in Dunley, near Stourport, at 4.45pm on Wednesday.

The lake at the quarry was searched throughout Wednesday and Thursday until a body was found.

The body is yet to be formally identified but the boy's family have been informed.

Detective Inspector Justin Taylor, of West Mercia Police, said: “It’s with a heavy heart that we can confirm that a body has been found in our searches at the quarry. Whilst formal identification has not yet taken place we have updated the family and the coroner has been informed.”

An air ambulance, a hazardous area response team and two ambulances were sent to the scene on Wednesday.

Jamie Arrowsmith, spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: "We were called at 4.40pm yesterday to reports of a patient in the water at Shavers End Quarry in Dunley.

"Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

"On arrival crews were told a male patient had been witnessed in the water. Ambulance crews worked alongside colleagues from the fire service and conducted a thorough search of the water using specialist search and rescue equipment.

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"However, despite their best efforts they were unable to locate the patient and ambulance crews were stood down from the incident at 7.27pm."

The secluded former limestone quarry is home to a pool known as the blue lagoon which is sometimes used by swimmers despite signs warning of danger nearby.

Last year 18-year-old Jayden Clarke died after entering the water at the quarry.

Police and councillors have warned about the dangers of swimming there in the past, with fears over the temperature, depth, pH levels and contents of the water.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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