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Monday, 29 July, 2002, 18:47 GMT 19:47 UK
Lake dip ends in tragedy
Map of drowning scene
Police have warned of the dangers of cooling off in lakes after a man died while swimming with friends.

Marvin Eaton, 26, was with three friends in a disused gravel pit in Lincolnshire when they saw him getting into difficulty.

Emergency services were called to the scene and Mr Eaton, from Parkfield Road, Ruskington, Lincolnshire was pulled from the water.

But the 26-year-old man was pronounced dead at about 1800 BST on Sunday at Woodland Waters lake in Willoughby Road, Ancaster.


The only place anyone should be swimming is at the coast or in a swimming pool

Inspector Dick Holmes
The four friends dived into the lake near the caravan site.

But witnesses said Mr Eaton soon appeared to be getting into trouble.

One of his friends called police but paramedics could not save him.

A post-mortem examination was being held into his death on Monday but police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

'Proper supervision'

Inspector Dick Holmes, of Lincolnshire police, said: "At this time of year and in the hot weather over the weekends, we do from time to time get these tragedies.

"People will decide to strip off and go for a swim and sometimes they do get into trouble.

"The only place anyone should be swimming is at the coast or in a swimming pool where there is proper supervision.

"We always discourage people from swimming in these circumstances as each year a few of these excursions end in tragedy."


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